Nina Simone Lawsuit — If You Steal Her Song — You’re A Sinner, Man

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Don”t mess with the High Priestess of Soul.

Nina Simone”s 1965 hit “Sinnerman” is an R&B classic … but that doesn”t mean a phone company can boldly rip it off … so her heirs are suing for $1 Mil minimum … our sources has learned.

The lawsuit — filed by Simone”s estate — accuses smartphone company HTC of using her song in its TV commercial without obtaining the rights.

We reached out and touched someone at HTC … so far, no call back.