Singer Mariah Carey has been charged with felony criminal mischief for firing on a sculpture with a shotgun, according to The Associated Press. The lawsuit was filed by songwriter Andy Stone who wrote the song with the same title five years ago.
A complaint filed Friday in a New Orleans federal court ruling shows that Stone, who lives in Mississippi, is seeking at least $ 20 million in damages for copyright infringement and abuse, among other allegations, to Carey and her co-author Walter Afanasieff and Sony. Corporation of America and its subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment.
Stone, best known as Vince Vance of the New Orleans pop group Vince Vance & the Valiants, wrote and recorded his version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in 1989, according to a complaint. The song then received a “wide airplay” at Christmas time of 1993 and “first appeared on the Billboard Music Charts.”
Carey’s version was released in 1994 as part of his album “Merry Christmas”. The song has long enjoyed the widespread play on the radio and in the media, especially during the holidays, which turned the song into a final Christmas song.