Rihanna is taking her father to court over allegations that he has improperly used her name to benefit his entertainment business.
The lawsuit claims that Ronald Fenty and his business partner falsely suggested on its website and on its social media channels that their company, Fenty Entertainment, was linked to Rihanna. Through his business, Fenty started negotiations for Rihanna to perform 15 dates in Latin America for $15 million without her consent, as well as addition dates in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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“Although Mr Fenty is Rihanna’s father, he does not presently, nor has he ever, had the authority to act on Rihanna’s behalf or had the right to use her Fenty mark, to exploit the goodwill of her Fenty brands or to solicit business on her behalf,” says the lawsuit, as published by Rolling Stone.
Rihanna has asked the court to ban the firm from using the Fenty name for business again, claiming their company has misled the public and damaged her Fenty brand. The pop star – who alleges she owns the right to the Fenty name – has sent multiple cease and desist letters, which were ignored. She is also seeking damages.
Fenty Entertainment described itself as a “full-fledged production and talent development company that utilises today’s most cutting-edge digital technologies to create customised user experiences between talent and the fans”.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.
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