According to several reports, including NBC News, there’s trouble in Fenty paradise between the Barbadian "Bad Gal" Rihanna and her pops, Ronald Fenty.
Ironically enough, their point of legal contention happens to be their shared last name, which RiRi reportedly accuses her father of using for his company to fraudulently misrepresent her affiliation with (an affiliation that doesn't exist), NBC reports. We know what you’re thinking: how could Rihanna sue her father for the last name that he gave her, right?
Wrong. Because she’s not only reportedly trademarked Fenty for her own business ventures, but she’s creditable for boosting the good Fenty family name to its widely recognized esteem in Hollywood. Thus, NBC adds, she’ll be seeking an injunction on behalf of her dad’s business use of the name.
And according to her claims, her father, along with his business partner, Moses Joktan Perkins, “have egregiously and fraudulently misrepresented to third parties and the public that their company, Fenty Entertainment, LLC, is affiliated with Rihanna, and has the authority to act on her behalf."
These “false misrepresentations” include booking unauthorized concerts and using RiRi’s name to drum up big bucks from “unsuspecting third parties,” NBC reports of the U.S. District Court in L.A. lawsuit. Take that 15-concert Latin American tour grossed at $15 million for example, Rolling Stone reports, and 15-minute sets at L.A.’s Staples Center and Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, all booming at $400,000.
Her father, however, has reportedly also attempted to trademark the Fenty name and planned to overhead it on a chain of boutique hotels, according to Rolling Stone.
As aforementioned, the Anti songstress has reportedly requested an injunction for the name along with not-yet-specified damages and a string of cease and desist letters, which the suit claims have gone ignored by her dad.
Rihanna nor her father's team have yet to comment on the reports thus far.
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