Rihanna Suing Topshop For 5 Million?
It has been reported by the New York Post that Rihanna is suing Topshop for a whopping £.29 million, which equals to around $5 million. The superstar has hired law firm Reed Smith to take on the case in London after failing to strike a deal with the Arcadia company, which was founded by Sir Philip Green…
Rihanna is suing the company as they have used her face on t-shirts without asking for permission. The star's team have been trying to strike a deal with the company, to no avail.
A source told the newspaper: "Rihanna's management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, 'We do what we want'. They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist.
"What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, 'Go to hell. We don't care. We are going to continue selling you'. Topshop is now in the United States."
The source continued: "Even though the UK laws don't protect the artist, she has decided to move forward and sue Topshop. She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it's the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong."