David LaChapelle Sues Rihanna For Ripping Him Off (VIDEO)


Did Rihanna rip off famed photographer David LaChapelle in her new music video S&M? He says she did, and he sued to make his point.

You can watch the very risque video below – the pop star’s music video for her song S&M fits the name of the song perfectly: chains, whips and lots of skin.

The photographer, known for his work in magazines such as Rolling Stone, is suing Rihanna for appropriating and copying his work in her new video. LaChapelle alleges that there are eight sequences in the video that steal from his photographs.

LaChapelle’s suit says that Rihanna’s video copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his photographs. In one key scene, she is wearing a latex outfit and walking a security guard – which is almost identical, says LaChapelle, to his 2002 photograph for Vogue.

“Interns told us that fans were buzzing about the video and wanting to know if David had directed it,” a LaChapelle employee told “Then the phone in the office started ringing off the hook, everyone was like ‘wow it’s amazing – it’s the exact same.'”

Even though she was sick and almost didn’t perform, Rihanna’s performance with Eminem and Dr. Dre at the Grammys this weekend were not nearly as risque as S&M. What do you think about the video? About her performances at the Grammys?

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