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Rihanna Slapped With Lawsuit Over Unoriginal ‘S&M’ Video


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Last night, Rihanna was one of the belles of the Grammys, taking home an award for Best Dance Recording and performing twice -- once with Eminem, then with Drake. But after the clock struck midnight, like Cinderella, Rihanna returned to reality, where a brand new lawsuit was awaiting her. As The Amp previously reported, Rihanna's controversial "S&M" music video appears to borrow heavily from the work of photographer David LaChapelle, and now LaChapelle is taking legal action, claiming the video "is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works."

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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