Rihanna sues Topshop company over T-shirt, dyes her hair gray
Rihanna has sued the owner of the clothing retail store Topshop over a T-shirt that bears her image.
Lawyers for the singer are seeking $5 million in damages from Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., which owns the clothing chain, according to the BBC. The company sold T-shirts that featured a photo of Rihanna that she claims was taken without her permission while she was filming a music video for "We Found Love" in Northern Ireland in 2011.
The singer's lawsuit claims the shirts were originally sold as the "Rihanna Tank," but then went on to be sold as the "Headscarf Girl Tank" and the "Icon Tank" after Rihanna's lawyers complained.
In London's High Court on Friday, July 19, lawyers for the singer said the company that owns Topshop was "passing off" the T-shirts as if they were approved by the singer and may have ruined her reputation with her fans. The singer also claims the image featured on the shirt was "very similar" to photos featured in the CD sleeve of her 2011 album "Talk That Talk."
However, Geoffrey Hobbs, a lawyer for the retail chain, said that the company bought a license to use the image on the T-shirt from the photographer.
In addition, Hobbs said, "There is no representation here, given that the garment is fashion wear and not promotional merchandise."
According to the BBC, Hobbs claimed that representatives for Rihanna have contacted Topshop on 10 recent occasions asking for products from the store that the singer could wear.
In other news, the singer has been sporting a bit of gray in her hair. Rihanna, who was previously a blonde, recently showed off photos of herself on Instagram on July 17 with black hair and gray highlights.
"Grey is the new black! Blondies, it's quiet for y'all," she wrote in a caption for one photo.
The singer has been known to switch up her hair style and color in the past. She has appeared with black, brown, blonde and red shades over the years.
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