Rihanna sues Topshop for $5 million

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   May 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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Rihanna has filed a $5 million suit against British clothing retailer Topshop, according to the NY Post.

The store, which is chaired by billionaire Sir Philip Green, sold T-shirts bearing Rihanna's image without getting her consent.

Rihanna's management asked Topshop management several times to stop selling the shirt, but they did not respond. They offered her $5,000 and said they didn't care, a Post source said.

The line bought the pictures from a photographer but is not tied to artist licensing fees. Law in the United Kingdom does not protect the artist.

Nevertheless, Rihanna hired law firm Reed Smith to file the suit in London, where she will move forward with the suit.

Topshop did not sell the shirt in its US stores, potentially for the potential of litigation.

"This issue is related to a T-shirt provided to Topshop by a third-party supplier. We are aware it is the subject of litigation," a Topshop representative told TVNZ.

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