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Avril Lavigne Denies She Stole "Girlfriend"

Avril Lavigne (photosAvril Lavigne photos) denies a claim by a 1970s rock band 'The Rubinoos' that her hit "Girlfriend" rips off one of his songs.

Songwriter Tommy Dunbar, who was a part of The Rubinoos, says Lavigne lifted their 1979 song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." The song was on their 1979 album, "Back to the Drawing Board."

"We are not so naive as to chalk it up to some sort of cosmic coincidence," Dunbar said last week. "The lyric, the meter, the rhythm they're identical."

Lavigne co-wrote "Girlfriend" with songwriter Lukasz Gottwald and the song was featured on her latest album, "The Best Damn Thing."

Now in a statement the 22-year-old singer says "Girlfriend" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" have no musical similarities.

"They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them. I had never heard this song in my life."

"All songs share similar lyrics and emotions," she says. "Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim."

Listen to a comparison of the two songs in our article here.

A court date is scheduled for August 28 in Oakland, California.

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