Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Photographer sues Rihanna for S&M video

Famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle is suing Rihanna. According to Reuters, LaChapelle claims that the pop star based her controversial video "S&M" on eight of his photos.

In the lawsuit made public Monday, LaChapelle says, "The music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works."

Days after the video was released, LaChapelle accused Rihanna via Twitter of using his ideas without his consent. "The next time you make a David LaChapelle music video you should probably hire David LaChapelle," the photographer wrote. Perez Hilton, who appears in the video which attacks media outlets for negative coverage of the "Only Girl (In The World)" singer, posted a copy of the tweet which has since been deleted from LaChapelle's Twitter page.

LaChapelle has directed dozens of music videos, including Britney Spears' "Everytime," Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty," and Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl."

In one of LaChapelle's photos, a woman lays on a gurney and is attended to by a staff of clowns. By comparison, the Melina Matsoukas-directed video features the Barbados native resting on a desk, surrounded by clowns that happen to be reporters.

courtesy of Yahoo

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