Remember when Rihanna sued Topshop’s parent company, Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, for $5 million for using her image on some of their products without permission between 2011 – 2012? Hilariously, she later asked for free stuff from the company, apparently, but that’s neither here nor there. The latest is that she won the lawsuit – hurray!
From Digital Spy:
Topshop’s lawyers had claimed the 25-year-old was making an unjustifiable bid to establish a “free-standing image right” over use of her picture in the UK.
In a hearing at London’s High Court today (July 31), Mr Justice Birss ruled that while there is “no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image” and “the mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not an act of passing off”, he considered Topshop to be at fault in this case.
No word on how much money she got for the inconvenience or whether they had to pony up the full $5 mil. That’ll teach you to use someone’s image without her permission, I guess.
Smoking weed used to make me mad emotional (and not always in the crying way) when I was in my stoner days, so maybe that’s what’s behind Rihanna‘s recent on-stage breakdown in Lille, France, after she finished performing ‘Stay’. Even she admitted she didn’t know why she was crying. Was it the song? Was it the fact that the concert was almost over? Was it her realisation of the fact that her fans allow her to have her ridonk lifestyle of 24/7 partying? Was she thinking about Chris Brown? Was someone cutting onions in the audience? So many questions, so few answers.
“I love my French fans, I love you all so much. I can’t believe this shit. Y’all make me so happy. This is everything that matters to me – to stand here and feel the love in this room…The ‘Diamonds’ tour is nearly coming to an end and it’s sad. I hate this part – I hate saying goodbye…”
“I don’t know what the fuck I’m crying about.”
Neither do we!
Also, I don’t really know what she’s talking about when she says the ‘Diamonds’ tour is nearly over. She still has Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki and then China, Singapore and Australia to get through. If that’s “almost over”, well… it’s not. That’s not almost over.
On a side note, ‘Diamonds’ is a really good song. And so is ‘Stay’.
Rihanna is always at the forefront of fashion, so it’s no surprise that she’s capitalizing on the super underground Memaw trend and decided to dye her hair grey. I think she looks a bit like someone out of X-Men or something, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I’m a big fan of grey hair – I can’t wait until mine goes grey – I just hope the whole head goes all at once, like overnight or something. That’s a good look.
Here are the fascinating and totally useful things Rihanna had to say about her new style:
“New color ice grey ish, call it #Brrr Grey is the new black! Blondies, it’s quiet for y’all!”
Now see, I’m not sure that’s how “____ is the new black” is really used, girl, but I’mma let you go with that. You got the spirit behind it right, and I guess that’s what really matters.
What do you think of her new look? You can’t even really tell it’s all that grey in the photos – it’s almost just like she could be in a particularly sunny patch of the room. Full on silver would be amazing, but I like this look.
Rihanna‘s fashion choices baffle me. She didn’t always dress this tacky, I’m sure of it. Tacky is only one of the fine words I could use to describe the large gold gun earrings she showed off on Instagram. But I think this Slutz crop top is even worse. The shirt alone is diabolical and the rest of the outfit doesn’t help.
What do you think?
Pics of the rest of this glorious outfit below.
Rihanna started a suit a while back against her former accountant claiming that they owed her several million dollars for “mismanaging” her money. They then fired their own suit back at her saying her money loss was her own fault and also trying to get her to sit down for a deposition, which hasn’t happened. Now the accountancy firm – Berdon LLP – filed a junction saying that Rihanna isn’t cooperating and asking for her to be punished.
Specifically, Berdon says RiRi has blown off a court-ordered deposition on a slew of occasions: November 2012 (extension), January 29, 2013 (avoided), May 8 and May 9, 2013 (said she had a concert, but knew the concert dates loooong before), and most recently June 19 (said she was sick).
Berdon is MOST pissed about June 19. They claim they accommodated RiRi’s schedule and set-up the deposition in London, costing them about $100k … only for Rihanna to cancel. Despite the fact, they claim, she performed shortly before and after the 19th and was tweeting the day before … with no signs of illness.
Berdon says it’s “been pushed beyond the breaking point” and “cannot excuse her behavior.”
The accountants are asking a judge to dismiss RiRi’s multi-million dollar suit outright and wants her fined at least $100,000 for their wasted time and resources.
The judge has yet to rule in the case, so who knows what’s going to happen? Also, Rihanna has that much money and so few fucks to give
that I doubt she’d care even if she did lose this suit.
Rihanna has a really hard time getting to places on time, what with all the Instagramming and weed smoking she’s got to do (and I say that as a Rihanna fan). She’s a star, okay? It’s called “fashionably late”. Only “fashionably late” is like, 15 minutes max (I hate anyone who is late any amount of time, it’s rude as hell) and not… four hours. However, four hours is exactly how late she was to a performance at Barrington High School in Chicago back in March. A student at the school won the concert via Ri’s Shine Bright Like A Diamond competition and everyone was super pumped, to the point where Barrington even spent a few grand hiring a security team for the event, only for Rihanna to leave them hanging for hours. Lovely.
Now, she’s finally sent the school $5,000 to make up for the inconvenience – a gesture for which the school is pretty grateful but seems sorta paltry to me because hello, she’s rich! $5k is like pocket change to her.
Here’s what school spokesman Jeff Arnett (they have a spokesman!) told The Daily Herald:
“We’re certainly gratified to receive a contribution from her.
“Even though this $5,000 gift has been long in coming, her management communicated with us immediately after the event and said she wanted to do something for the students.
“It didn’t take any coaxing or pleading by the district. It was something they offered to do, and it took a while to work through the book-keeping process.”
Well, okay, I guess it’s better than nothing, really. But you know what’s even better than that? SHOWING UP ON TIME. I mean, come on. Apparently while the kids were waiting, Rihanna’s management team handed out free concert tickets, signed merchandise and the like. They must’ve been so pissed that she couldn’t just be where she was supposed to. Lord, people.
Courtney Stodden at a birthday party, July 6. Because of course.
Happy July! Happy summer! Happy weekend! Let’s celebrate by looking at photos of celebs’ best and worst looks of this week and praising them or making fun of them. What joy for everyone!