WELP! I mean...are we REALLY surprised?
Famed celeb photographer David LaChapelle is suing pop diva Rihanna over the images in her sexy “S&M” music video, which was released about two weeks ago, according to Reuters. The shutterbug is claiming that what’s on screen in the candy-colored clip are “directly derived” from pictures he’s shot. LaChapelle is famous for his work, taking photos of celebrities for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, and Vanity Fair. His suit claims that “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.” He goes on to say that Rihanna stole eight images for the video, which copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting of his work.”I live Ri-Ri, but let's be CLEAR....her and director Melina Matsoukas ripped off LaChapelle. Stevie Wonder can see that....
A spokesperson at Rihanna’s record label has yet to return an email request seeking comment.