Rihanna can't be held entirely accountable here; the video's director, Melina Matsoukas must also take a giant share of the blame, especially considering she was previously accused of ripping off M.I.A.'s "Boyz" video for Rihanna's "Rude Boy." That's twice Matsoukas has been caught with her hand in the unoriginal cookie jar, but this time it might cost her: LaChapelle is seeking unspecified damages, alleging the "S&M" video copied the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" of his eye-popping photo shoots.
After "S&M" premiered, LaChapelle tweeted to Rihanna and Perez Hilton, who cameos in the video, "The next time you make a David LaChapelle music video you should probably hire David LaChapelle." That tweet was promptly deleted, but the sentiment clearly stands.
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