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Real Housewives Of New York City: Leah McSweeney lawyers up for charity song by Luann de Lesseps

Leah McSweeney lawyered up before participating in a Christmas song for charity by Luan de Lesseps on Tuesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of New York City.

The 38-year-old fashion designer agreed to record a line for Luann, 56, and asked her beforehand if there would be contracts or agreements related to using her voice.

Luann revealed that she had just ‘laid down the tracks’ so the women could come in and sing a line and admitted that she had not thought about legal agreements yet for the Christmas song benefitting The Fortune Society.

Legal questions: Leah McSweeney lawyered up before participating in a Christmas song for charity by Luan de Lesseps on Tuesday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of New York City

‘I’m really happy to donate my time and my voice to benefit Fortune Society. I just want to make sure that all my bases are covered legally. Am I protected, are we protected, is she protected? Like, I don’t know,’ Leah said in a confessional.

She later showed up at Luann’s apartment in the Upper East Side to record with composer/producer Bill Stritch who worked on the song with Bruce Roberts.

‘I’m happy to do the song, but I’m also feeling ambivalent because I want the contract,’ Leah said in a confessional.

She then brought up her legal concerns with co-writer and co-producer Billy.

Charity song: The 38-year-old fashion designer agreed to record a line for Luann, 56, and asked her beforehand if there would be contracts or agreements related to using her voice

Charity song: The 38-year-old fashion designer agreed to record a line for Luann, 56, and asked her beforehand if there would be contracts or agreements related to using her voice

‘Can I ask a couple – and don’t get offended just because I did speak to my attorney earlier – and I just want to be clear about things. But like, who owns the song? Like, how does it get distributed? Like, God forbid, a track was sampled without permission or something, like, am I possibly liable for a lawsuit?,’ Leah asked.

Billy said she had no liability at all and the totally original song was owned by him, Bruce and Luann.

‘Talk about timing. Leah and I talked about this briefly, and now is definitely not the time to talk about it with my producer who is standing right here! It’s embarrassing,’ Luann said in a confessional.

Luann told Leah that everything she was making was going to Fortune and Leah asked, ‘Forever? Like, how does that work?’.

No liability: Co-producer and co-writer Billy Stritch told Leah it was an original song and she would have no liability

No liability: Co-producer and co-writer Billy Stritch told Leah it was an original song and she would have no liability

Bad timing: 'Talk about timing. Leah and I talked about this briefly, and now is definitely not the time to talk about it with my producer who is standing right here! It's embarrassing,' Luann said in a confessional

Bad timing: ‘Talk about timing. Leah and I talked about this briefly, and now is definitely not the time to talk about it with my producer who is standing right here! It’s embarrassing,’ Luann said in a confessional

Leah was told that she didn’t need to know the details and could back out if she wasn’t comfortable.

They both accused each other of being defensive before Leah finally recorded her line.

She warmed up by buzzing her lips before singing her line, ‘But what do I want for Christmas? …Just you’.

Warming up: Leah warmed up by buzzing her lips before singing her line, 'But what do I want for Christmas? ...Just you'

Warming up: Leah warmed up by buzzing her lips before singing her line, ‘But what do I want for Christmas? …Just you’

One line: The fashion designer recorded her line without a contract

One line: The fashion designer recorded her line without a contract

Leah later at a joint birthday party for Ramona Singer, 56, and Sonja Morgan, 57, hosted by Luann brought up her legal concerns again outside of Luann’s presence.

‘Do we know what’s going on with the music video with Luann?,’ Leah asked her friends.

‘I’m sorry, what do you mean?,’ Ramona wondered.

Still concerned: Leah later at a joint birthday party for Ramona Singer, 56, and Sonja Morgan, 57, hosted by Luann brought up her legal concerns again outside of Luann's presence

Still concerned: Leah later at a joint birthday party for Ramona Singer, 56, and Sonja Morgan, 57, hosted by Luann brought up her legal concerns again outside of Luann’s presence

‘She’s donating the proceeds to charity. But for how long, how many years? What if she starts making tons of money from the song in a year or two?,’ Leah asked.

Luann then joined them and Leah admitted that she was talking about her Christmas song.

‘If our voices are gonna be used, like, do we have to sign a release, and what does the release look like? And like, I think we should have gotten it before we recorded it all,’ Leah said.

Many questions: 'She's donating the proceeds to charity. But for how long, how many years? What if she starts making tons of money from the song in a year or two?,' Leah asked

Many questions: ‘She’s donating the proceeds to charity. But for how long, how many years? What if she starts making tons of money from the song in a year or two?,’ Leah asked

Luan then scolded Leah for coming to her apartment and talking about lawyers.

‘And you should have brought it up before. It was like bah humbug. We’re recording a Christmas song to give to women from Fortune Society. Basically you said to me, ”I don’t trust you”. I was really disappointed by your reaction,’ Luann said.

Leah countered that she thought it was ‘terrible’ that Luann was holding it against her for trying to protect herself.

Bah humbug: 'And you should have brought it up before. It was like bah-humbug. We're recording a Christmas song to give to women from Fortune Society. Basically you said to me, ''I don't trust you''. I was really disappointed by your reaction,' Luann said

Bah humbug: ‘And you should have brought it up before. It was like bah-humbug. We’re recording a Christmas song to give to women from Fortune Society. Basically you said to me, ”I don’t trust you”. I was really disappointed by your reaction,’ Luann said

Ramona stuck up for Luann and Leah told her to shut up.

Leah pointed out that Luann was called out last year for not paying Sonja Morgan, 57, for her work on Luann’s cabaret show.

‘It’s none of your f***ing business, how’s that? And don’t overstep your boundaries, girl. Really. Don’t overstep,’ Luann said.

Step warning: 'It's none of your f***ing business, how's that? And don't overstep your boundaries, girl. Really. Don't overstep,' Luann said

Step warning: ‘It’s none of your f***ing business, how’s that? And don’t overstep your boundaries, girl. Really. Don’t overstep,’ Luann said

‘Luann, I will step wherever the f*** I want to, first of all,’ Leah said.

‘Don’t overstep. Not with me,’ Luann said.

‘My lawyer is the one who said, ”If you’re gonna do a song, just have a release”,’ Leah told her.

Legal advice: 'My lawyer is the one who said, ''If you're gonna do a song, just have a release'',' Leah told her

Legal advice: ‘My lawyer is the one who said, ”If you’re gonna do a song, just have a release”,’ Leah told her

‘Lawyer up, baby. You’re not going to find anything,’ Luann barked back.

Eboni K. Willliams, 37, stepped in to point out that Leah just wanted to ask questions and privately said that she agreed with her.

‘This is very simple. I really wanna know how the money is gonna be donated to the charity, and for how long. And that’s really what I give a s*** about,’ Leah said in a confessional.

Very simple: 'This is very simple. I really wanna know how the money is gonna be donated to the charity, and for how long. And that's really what I give a s*** about,' Leah said in a confessional

Very simple: ‘This is very simple. I really wanna know how the money is gonna be donated to the charity, and for how long. And that’s really what I give a s*** about,’ Leah said in a confessional

Ramona in a peace offering offered to promote Leah’s fashion brand Married To The Mob, but she impolitely declined.

‘You’re not exactly my demographic so it’s all good. I already have Rihanna wearing my s***. Do you think I need you wearing my s***?,’ Leah said as she walked away.

Leah then got into the spirit as the penis- and vagina-shaped birthday cakes she got for Ramona and Sonja were brought out and she energeticaly sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

Peace offering: Ramona in a peace offering offered to promote Leah's fashion brand Married To The Mob, but she impolitely declined

Peace offering: Ramona in a peace offering offered to promote Leah’s fashion brand Married To The Mob, but she impolitely declined

Wrong demographic: 'You're not exactly my demographic so it's all good. I already have Rihanna wearing my s***. Do you think I need you wearing my s***?,' Leah said as she walked away

Wrong demographic: ‘You’re not exactly my demographic so it’s all good. I already have Rihanna wearing my s***. Do you think I need you wearing my s***?,’ Leah said as she walked away

Ramona licked her penis cake before Leah took a direct bite out of it.

Leah then told Luann that she didn’t mean to question her integrity.

‘It’s not about that. I want you to know that. It’s about actually protecting our friendship. When friends do business with each other, that’s it,’ Leah said.

Penis cake: Ramona licked her penis cake before Leah took a direct bite out of it

Penis cake: Ramona licked her penis cake before Leah took a direct bite out of it

The party ended with Ramona chatting up her friend Will before she left.

‘You have my address, right?,’ Ramona said as she hugged him.

Will said that he did not have it and she whispered, ‘Okay, I’ll text it’.

Party over?: The party ended with Ramona chatting up her friend Will before she left and checking to see if he had her address

Party over?: The party ended with Ramona chatting up her friend Will before she left and checking to see if he had her address

She then got on her phone and started texting. 

The episode also showed Eboni reaching out to a woman named Ashley who could be her potential half-sister. 

The Real Housewives Of New York City will return next week on Bravo.

Reaching out: The episode also showed Eboni reaching out to a woman named Ashley who could be her potential half-sister

Reaching out: The episode also showed Eboni reaching out to a woman named Ashley who could be her potential half-sister

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