Photographer David LaChapelle Sues Rihanna Over S&M Video
Last updated on February 17, 2011 /Photography News/ Photographer David LaChapelle is suing the singer Rihanna, claiming that she ripped him off in the video for her new single, 'S&M.'
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Monday, demands at least $1 million from Rihanna and Island Def Jam for copyright infringement of eight "original photographs conceived and created by" LaChapelle.
The case states that Rihanna's video copied the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors wardrobe and lighting" of LaChapelle's work.
In court documents, the photographer claims Rihanna asked director Melina Matsoukas "to create a LaChapelle-esque music video" and says "prior to the hiring of Matsoukas, another well-known director was asked to create a LaChapelle-esque inspired music video for Rihanna and that director rejected the offer."
A source at LaChapelle's studio told celebrity blog Radar that initially fans thought he directed the video, and LaChapelle tweeted: "The next time you make a David LaChapelle music video you should probably hire David LaChapelle."
LaChapelle is not the only artist claiming that Rihanna ripped him off in the 'S&M' video. German fashion photographer Philipp Paulus claims the scene with Rihanna being stuck behind plastic wrap against a press room wall mirrors his Paperworld fashion editorial shot in August 2010.