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Rihanna sued for 'S&M' video concepts

Rihanna arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards

Rihanna arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Credit: AP

Has self-professed "bad girl" Rihanna gone too far this time?

RiRi has been slapped with a lawsuit from photographer David LaChapelle over her controversial video, "S&M."

When the video dropped Jan. 31, fans of the photographer stormed his Twitter page claiming Rihanna had used many of his images and concepts in the video.

The lawsuit, made public Monday, says that Rihanna duplicated eight of the artist's images.

According to, the suit says, "the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works,” and that it copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe, and lighting” of some of his work.

Melina Matsoukas directed the video and according to, the director has been accused of plagiarism in the past, ironically, in Rihanna's "Rude Boy" video. And yet Riri's people hired her for "S&M"?

The fashion photographer is suing for unspecified damages.

First of all this video was heavily criticized for its over-the-top sexual images to the point that it was banned in 11 countries. I don't know why people were so surprised that this came from the self-proclaimed "Good Girl Gone Bad," who's known for pushing the limits with the way she chooses to express herself sexually.

I'm especially puzzled that this video was banned because her previous video, "Russian Roulette," shows the singer being shot numerous times while floating in water and blood oozzing from her body.

Yet, "S&M" is a problem? (Blank stare.)

Even her performance this past Sunday on the Grammys with Young Money rapper Drake received a lot of buzz because of how explicit her dance moves were. Again I ask, why are people surprised?

The Bajan songtress has thrived on the image of being a "bad girl," but if the allegations are true the only one profiting this time would be David LaChapelle.

Let's take a look at the evolution of Rihanna from a fresh-faced singer from Barbados to the controversial sex symbol she has so proudly become.

Check out the videos below, starting with her performance of "What's My Name," with Drake.


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