RIHANNA SUED

Posted on February 15, 2011


It looks like ’s “S&M” has gotten her into more trouble. In addition to being banned in over 11 countries due to its racy content, is now being sued by photographer and David LaChapelle for the use of his some of his .

According to published reports, LaChapelle said that “the is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.” He also claims that the video’s director Melina Matsoukas copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, , props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of [LaChappelle's] work.”

La Chappelle says that Rihanna and Matsoukas appropriated eight of his images in the video, including one in which the singer is set against a blue background with a piece of candy in her mouth.

LaChapelle, who directed the 2005 krumping documentary Rize and has photographed covers for magazines like and GQ, is suing for unspecified damages.

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