Rihanna is reportedly suing Topshop for an estimated £5 million.
The pop star is taking legal action against the UK high street fashion retailer after they apparently used her image on a t-shirt without her permission. Rihanna is filing the lawsuit in London after eight months of ineffectual negotiations with the brand.
A source has told the New York Post that Rihanna’s management asked the store to stop selling the t-shirt, but were allegedly told they would not.
The source commented: “Rihanna’s management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, ‘We do what we want.’ They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist. What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, ‘Go to hell. We don’t care; we are going to continue selling you.'”
They added: “She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it’s the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong.”
Topshop have not yet made a public comment on the case.