Ariana Grande is being sued over her ‘God Is A Woman’ video, it has been reported.
A Las Vegas artist is said to have filed a lawsuit against the pop star, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image that features in the clip.
Vladimir Kush claims a scene showing a woman in a candle flame is “nearly identical” to paintings he created and copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. Attorneys acting on the behalf of him and his company, Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas, filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Nevada on Thursday (January 31).
According to TIME, Kush is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a court order to remove the video from the internet. Grande has not commented on the lawsuit at present.
The singer is set to release her new album, ‘Thank U, Next’, on Friday (February 8). It comes just six months after her last release, ‘Sweetener’, and will feature the titular hit single, and new song ‘7 Rings’.
Grande made headlines last week when she tried to get a tattoo commemorating the latter track. Instead of getting the title inked on the palm of her hand in Kanji characters, she ended up with something that actually translated to “small charcoal grill”.
After becoming the subject of online mockery, TMZ reported she had been offered $1 million to get the tattoo removed, provoking the star to hit back on Twitter. “I’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts,” she wrote.