David LaChapelle Is Suing Rihanna Over Controversial 'S&M' Video

4:38 PM PST 02/14/2011 by Mark Cina

Fashion photographer David LaChapelle is suing Rihanna, alleging images in her sexy “S&M” music video are “directly derived” from pictures he’s shot.

In a lawsuit made public Monday, he claims Rihanna appropriated eight of his images into the video, including a shot where she is shown in profile against a blue background with a piece of candy on her tongue, according to Reuters.
 
The singer's video copied the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" of his work.
 
He is suing for unspecified damages. 
 
A spokeswoman for Rihanna did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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