Rihanna Sued By David LaChapelle Over 'S&M' Video
The iconic photographer claims RiRi has ripped off his work...
Rihanna is being sued by photographer David LaChapelle, who claims her S&M video is "directly derived" from his work.
According to Reuters, LaChapelle has filed a lawsuit claiming that RiRi has copied eight of his iconic images for the promo and that the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" is a direct replica of his snaps.
LaChapelle, who has snapped various celebs for the likes of Rolling Stone magazine plus many other publications, is suing for unspecified damages.
Before the lawsuit was filed, S&M's director Melina Matsoukas previously claimed that she "wasn't bothered" by the controversy surrounding the clip, after it was banned in at least 11 countries.
Speaking to our US Team, Matsoukas stated: "When I go out to make something, I kind of go out with the intention to get it banned — [well] not to get it banned, I always want my stuff played — but to make something provocative,"
She added: "So when you do something that's provocative, that's usually a repercussion. It's gonna be talked about or banned or slandered in some way. But it's making an effect and people are having a dialogue about it, so, to me, that's successful."