NY Courts Say David LaChapelle Can Sue Rihanna Over "S&M" Video

NY Courts Say David LaChapelle Can Sue Rihanna Over "S&M" Video

The famous photographer claims Ri's video is suspiciously familiar.

Published July 23, 2011

Rihanna has another rude boy to deal with, and it's not the kind she likes. High-profile photographer and music video director David LaChapelle has been given the green light to sue the pop singer by a district court in New York. His claim? That Rihanna's controversial video for "S&M" ripped off some of his original photographs.

If LaChapelle wins the case, Rihanna could be forced to pull her video from rotation. Guess for him, a fat licensing fee--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery.

(Photo: Melina Matsoukas)

Written by Smriti Mundhra

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