British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor launched legal action against the musicians in February (2018), claiming their promo recreated the "unique look and feel" of her fine art pieces, entitled "Constellations I", "Constellations II", and "Constellations III". She also alleged that "specific copyrightable elements" such as "stylised motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns" were duplicated in the video.
Viktor claimed representatives for the movie reached out to her twice in the hope of using her talents onscreen, but she declined, only to find aspects of her work had allegedly been utilised in the video for Kendrick and SZA's collaboration.
In her filing, she demanded unspecified damages and an injunction preventing the duo from the continued use of her art.
In July, Lamar and SZA requested the case be dismissed, and now, according to The Blast, the case will now be thrown out following Viktor's decision to drop all of her claims against the artists as part of an undisclosed settlement.