David LaChapelle

by (@hallekiefer)

Rihanna Settles “S&M” Lawsuit With David LaChapelle

Rihanna has been a very, very bad woman, and she’s going to pay…an undisclosed amount in an out-of-court settlement! Rihanna’s S&M lawsuit settled today after the singer agreed to pay photographer David LaChapelle rather than battle him in court. LaChapelle filed the suit back in February after noticing what he perceived to be similarities between RiRi’s “S&M” video and eight of his previous photo shoots. The photographer’s publicist Jaret Keller says LaChapelle is “happy with the settlement,” while the teenage boys of the world remain “happy the ‘S&M’ video exists at all.”

Rihanna still faces a copyright lawsuit from photographer Philip Paulus over the images used in the vid, but that doesn’t mean she’s not getting a lot of love. As LaChapelle said when he filed his suit, “I like RiRi. This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals.” Let’s hope no one owns the rights to mud-smeared American flag vests and denim bras, or Rihanna’s “We Found Love” video is about to make someone a billionaire