Rihanna Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off “S&M” Video

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By Michael Lewittes

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Rihanna is being sued by famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle.

LaChapelle, who has shot celebs for a vast array of magazines, including Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, filed a lawsuit today, alleging Rihanna ripped off eight of his images to use as the basis for the video for her song, “S&M.”

“The music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works,” reads a portion of the suit.

According to LaChapelle’s court papers, Rihanna’s video clearly copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his images.

A rep for Rihanna has yet to comment.

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