Published Feb 15, 2011Earlier this month, we shared Rihanna's saucy, sexed-up video for "S & M." The single has already caused some grief for the pop diva, first pissing her off when the UK version was changed to the title "Come On" and had all the naughty bits edited out. The controversy continues, as Rihanna is now being sued by photographer David LaChapelle over some of the images in the video.
As the BBC reports, LaChapelle's lawyers are claiming that "the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works." Further, LaChapelle claims Rihanna appropriated eight of his iconic images for the video and that it ripped off the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors wardrobe and lighting."
The images above, which come via Rap-Up, demonstrate some of the visual similarities between the two works (that's Rihanna on the left). While Rihanna has yet to make a statement regarding this controversy, we think LaChapelle has a pretty solid case.