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Rihanna sued by photographer over 'S&M' video


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 taken.

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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 Matsoukas.

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.