29 Jul '11, 9pm

LaChapalle, Rihanna head for trial - TODAYonline

It had to happen. Fashion and pop music have always had a nice symbiotic relationship but sometimes, just sometimes, things can get a little out of hand. Such as the case of fashion photographer David LaChapelle and pop sensation Rihanna. A pre-trial date of Aug 10 has been set by a New York judge in a lawsuit concerning both parties. The renowned fashion and celebrity photographer is suing the singer, her label Def Jam, and her video director Melina Matsoukas for what LaChapelle perceives as plagiarism of his work for several scenes in her raunchy video for hit single, S&M. The suit claims that eight of LaChapelle's images were copied in the video and the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colours, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" mimicked his work. The court agreed that the video's "pink room scene", which shows Rihanna dominating a man ...

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