The Crazy in Love hitmaker surprised her fans with a TV special back in April (16) on U.S. TV network HBO, when she debuted the short film that accompanied her new album.

Shortly after, director Matthew Fulks claimed the promo for Lemonade featured a number of images similar to those he used for his movie short Palinoia, which he released in 2014.

Among the scenes he has taken issue with are those featured in the clip for Don't Hurt Yourself, in which Beyonce stands in front of a graffiti-covered wall in a dimly lit parking lot. He also alleges close up images of "overgrown grass" and footage shot with a red tint are rip-offs of his own work.

Fulks, who states his film detailed a "tumultuous relationship" - just like the one Beyonce shows in Lemonade - alleges a senior vice president at Beyonce's label Columbia Records viewed Palinoia in 2015, and then lifted ideas for the singer's project, when filming began.

According to TMZ.com, he named Beyonce and executives at Columbia as defendants, and is seeking a cut of the album's profits.

On Friday (22Jul16), the superstar's legal team filed a motion arguing the two films have nothing to do with each other and urged the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, it says, "(A) straightforward comparison of the parties’ works provides a textbook example of what does not constitute legally cognizable claim of infringement."

Beyonce's lawyers also claim Palinoia makes no reference to infidelity, which is the central theme of Lemonade and its accompanying album.

"Palinoia is about a ‘tumultuous relationship’ that is now over. The protagonist is a white male and his former lover is a white blonde woman. The demise of their relationship is oblique, and is not tied to infidelity," the motion adds.