Five months after Kandi Burruss sued her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star Kim Zolciak for making a profit off Zolciak’s 2009 dance single “Tardy for the Party,” Zolciak has come out on top in court, TMZ reports. A judge has officially ruled in Zolciak’s favor as she responded with her own legal documents, claiming Burruss, 37, used the lawsuit as a publicity stunt to promote her now-canceled show “The Kandi Factory.”
Zolciak previously asked Burruss for help to rework her track “Tardy for the Party” into a dance song. It later reached number 20 on iTunes Top 200. Burruss is a Grammy-winning singer songwriter that’s behind hits like TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny Child’s “Bills Bills Bills.”
In March 2012, Burruss filed that the mother of four released and sold her song “without [the] plaintiff’s authorization, license or agreement.” Alongside her rep — fellow “RHOA” star Phaedra Parks — Burruss also asked for a temporary restraining order issue to prevent sales of the track.
“I hardly got anything from ‘Tardy for the Party.’ That is the truth,” Burruss wrote in an October 2010 blog post. “I am not mad about it. I really blame myself because I didn’t handle my business correctly.”
In response, Zolciak, 35, defended releasing the song. “Kandi tried to pull the song down in December on iTunes but after I showed documents and proved points, the song was immediately put back up,” she wrote via Twitter.
Zolciak and Burruss both starred on the Bravo series together from 2009 to 2013. Zolciak departed the Bravo show mid-season four; she’s currently pregnant with twins and has her own spin-off series, “Don’t Be Tardy.”