Kelsea Ballerini is pursuing legal recourse following claims of a hacker who purportedly “illegally released” her music.

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According to a representative for Ballerini, safeguarding an artist’s music is of paramount importance.

Kelsea Ballerini has taken legal action against an individual accused of leaking her music. The 30-year-old singer has reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order against Bo Ewing, who allegedly obtained and shared “still-in-production, unreleased masters and demos” of Ballerini’s music, as per court documents examined by PEOPLE.

Ewing, identified as a former member of Ballerini’s fan club and a past supporter of her career, is based in Ohio. However, he is now described as having become disenchanted with Ballerini. The plaintiffs in the motion include Ballerini, Black River Entertainment, and Alysa Vanderheym, a producer involved in Ballerini’s recordings.

According to court documents, Ewing allegedly acquired the files “through gaining back-door access to the device of either, or both, of Ms. Ballerini or Ms. Vanderheym.” The plaintiffs highlighted that Ewing had already distributed the files to multiple third parties and emphasized that the music was incomplete.

In order to prevent further unauthorized releases, Ballerini, Black River Entertainment, and Vanderheym obtained an injunction to safeguard the recordings, citing the risk of “continued, irreparable harm” to the plaintiffs.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson for Ballerini stressed the importance of protecting an artist’s music, stating, “Artists dedicate significant time perfecting their craft and expressing their narratives through their music. Stealing and disseminating unfinished music is unlawful and undermines the integrity of the creative process.”

Just weeks prior to this legal action, Kelsea Ballerini headlined a star-studded roster of country music’s top talent at the 2024 CMT Awards. Hosting the event in Austin, Texas for the fourth consecutive year, Ballerini bid farewell to her hosting duties.

Apart from presenting awards and engaging in playful segments like mind-reading with artists such as Lainey Wilson, Carly Pearce, and Jelly Roll, the country singer graced the stage with a fresh rendition of her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Accompanied by her boyfriend, Chase Stokes, who sported a cream Dolce & Gabbana suit jacket paired with black trousers and shoes, Ballerini showcased one of her nine outfit changes for the evening. She dazzled in a red David Koma dress accessorized with Effy jewelry, capturing moments with Stokes on the red carpet.