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Rihanna sued by photographer over 'S&M' video
Feb. 14, 2011, 5:22 PM EST
Rihanna is facing legal action from
famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle amid allegations
that her risqué new video for "S&M" was "directly derived" from images he'd
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According to court documents, Rihanna is being sued by LaChapelle for
reportedly copying his eight of his works, including a shot in which she poses
against a blue background with a piece of candy on her tongue.
The lawsuit, made public on Monday states, "The music video is directly
derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works."
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The papers go on to accuse Rihanna of copying the "composition, total
concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and
lighting" of his pictures in her promo, which was directed by Melina
LaChapelle, who has worked for top publications Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair
and GQ, is demanding unspecified damages.
The video for "S&M" features the singer sucking on a banana and
tying a man to a bed. It has been banned in 11 countries across the world.
The song also has sparked controversy for its suggestive lyrics about sex,
whips and chains.