Rihanna sued again over "S+M" video

Paris-based photographer Philipp Paulus singles out a particular shot of his, where a model in a billowy gown is trapped against a wall by a sheet of plastic, surrounded by large X symbols made from black tape, which is very similar to how Rihanna (in photo), is presented in part of her video.


Rihanna is being sued by a second photographer who claims images in her "S+M" video were stolen his work.

The Barbadian singer was first handed a lawsuit over the raunchy video by fashion photographer David LaChappelle who alleges "the music video is directly derived from, and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works."

Now a second photographer, Paris-based Philipp Paulus, has joined him with a second copyright infringement suit, saying his images were recreated without permission for "S+M’s" bondage-themed video.

He singles out a particular shot of his where a model in a billowy gown is trapped against a wall by a sheet of plastic, surrounded by large X symbols made from black tape, which is very similar to how Rihanna is presented in part of her video.

Philipp told Radaronline.com: "Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible to me.

"To create new things within the creative cosmos, you can only expect this to come from a real genius.

"However, in this case there is no real genius who created their own work; instead they stole ideas from a creative talent."

Neither Rihanna nor her record company, Universal Music, have made comment on the video, directed by Melina Matsoukas.


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