Rihanna‘s video for the song “S&M,” has already been banned in 11 countries but the drama surrounding the sexy video doesn’t stop there. Photographer David LaChapelle is suing Rihanna, claiming she “directly derived” some of the images in the video from LaChapelle’s fashion photography. In other words, he got ripped off.
The lawsuit says “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle work,” specifically eight shots in the video, which he claims copy the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his previous work. LaChapelle has worked with Rihanna in the past but he had nothing to do with the “S&M” video, it was directed by Melina Matoukas. The Daily Mail has a shot-for-shot comparison to see just how similar the Rihanna video is to the photography—what do you think? We think it’s similar, but not a total rip-off. Although eight instances of similarity might be too many for one video.