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Rihanna appears in the music video S&M. - Provided courtesy of Def Jam Music Group

Rihanna hit with lawsuit over 'S&M' video

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02/09/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna was hit with a lawsuit by fashion and celebrity photographer David LaChapelle over her new video for her song "S&M," according to Reuters.

The lawsuit claims the eccentric video was "directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works." The photographer also alleges that eight of his images were recreated in the video and that the clip copied the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting" of his work.

The photographer has worked for magazine like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and has directed music videos by Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

The video was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who had previously directed Rihanna in her "Rude Boy" video. The "S&M" video faced a separate controversy shortly after it was released when it was banned in 11 countries for its racy images, according to MTV.

Check out Rihanna's video for "S&M" below:

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