Drake has called for the dismissal of a lawsuit over allegations he commissioned a one-off piece of jewellery and then made duplicates to hand out to his friends.

The Started From the Bottom rapper was hit by a lawsuit last year (13) from bosses of the Baden Baden Inc. jewellery company, claiming he copied the design of a diamond and platinum pendant shaped like an owl they made for him in January last year (13).

Drake, who has long used an owl symbol as a logo, is said to have paid around $50,000 (£31,250) for the item. The lawsuit alleges he posted pictures of the duplicate gold pieces on his Instagram page last summer (13), according to Tmz.com.

Baden Baden bosses are suing for copyright infringement and demanding unspecified damages, and they also want Drake to hand over the alleged copies of the pendant.

However Drake is now urging for a dismissal of the suit, insisting the jeweller doesn't own the owl design since it is based on an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph, according to Tmz.com.