Rihanna sued by photographer over ‘S&M’ video

Philip Paulus claims singer stole one of his images

Rihanna is being sued by a photographer over allegations that she lifted one of his images for her ‘S&M’ video.

Snapper Philip Paulus is claiming that one shot in which the singer is pressed up against a cellophane-like wall marked with Xs is derived from his Paperworld series, reports Rolling Stone.

This is the second time the singer has been sued by a photographer over images in the raunchy video.

Advertisement

Back in February, celebrity photographer and filmmaker David LaChappelle filed a suit against the singer, Def Jam Recordings and Black Dog Films alleging that eight scenes from the clip were directly lifted from his work.

Rihanna‘s defence lawyers denied the claims and said LaChappelle‘s complaint was “effectively trying to monopolise an entire subject matter or genre in two different mediums.”

Her lawyers have stated that since the nature of film and photography are very different, the effect of the work changes even if the subject matter and imagery are similar.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Terry Gilliam: “We’re doomed – what is going on with the world?”

The brain behind some of cinema's craziest epics talks climate change, Adolf Hitler, Brexit Britain – and getting his big break with Terry Jones

Courteeners’ Liam Fray: “The band is my life. When it’s not going great, my life’s not going great”

Fray on the road through darkness that led to new album 'More. Again. Forever.'

Savages’s Jehnny Beth tells us how David Bowie and ‘Peaky Blinders’ shaped her wild solo album

"In my core I felt that there was something that I hadn’t done yet – and that was this record"
Advertisement