Celebrity photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle has filed a lawsuit against Rihanna, her label Def Jam/UMG Recordings and Black Dog Films, claiming that eight images from her video for “S&M” were “directly derived” from his body of work. He is suing for unspecified damages.
According to LaChapelle, the “S&M” video mimics the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, setting, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of specific photographs he has produced over the course of his career. The photographer also alleges that the clip’s director Melina Matsoukas was instructed to create a “LaChapelle-esque music video” and that prints of his photographs were used in creating storyboards for the production. LaChapelle says that another well-known video director was approached to make the video under the same instructions, but declined the offer.
LaChapelle has worked with Rihanna and Def Jam in the past, notably on a photo shoot with the singer back in the summer of 2007.
Fashion Photog Sues Rihanna & Def Jam [Courthouse News]