David LaChapelle Sues Rihanna for Copying

Other than her hair, not everything’s coming up roses for Rihanna. It seems that her latest video, coyly titled S&M, keeps getting the sultry songstress into trouble. Since its release, the video, which features the chanteuse in all sorts of provocative outfits and performing lascivious acts on defenseless produce, has been banned in over 11 countries, deemed too sexy for general airtime. Which means, before 7 pm in the UK, you also won’t catch a glimpse Prada’s spring 2011 collection.

Now it seems Rihanna’s naughty spanking is getting a little more serious. According to Reuters, uber-photographer David LaChapelle has filed suit against the singer, asserting that the video’s imagery has been derived from his iconic work. In the lawsuit made public today, he claims various tableaux are lifted from the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his images, by which we guess he also means the cooky cast of characters, i.e. clowns, blow-up dolls and fat dominatrixes. Is nothing sacred?

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