CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday January 16, 2019 – Barbadian-born pop star Rihanna is suing her father over the use of the Fenty name in his business venture, arguing that he has misled the public and damaged her brand .
The 30-year-old singer’s dad, Ronald Fenty, has a talent and production company called Fenty Entertainment, which he says is dedicated to “developing original television programmes, motion pictures, live concerts, and record producing as well as talent”.
But according to the legal filings, the ‘What’s my Name?’ singer, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has “absolutely no affiliation” with that company, which was founded in 2017.
In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, California yesterday, Rihanna alleges that her father and another man “have egregiously and fraudulently misrepresented to third parties and the public that their company . . . is affiliated with Rihanna, and has the authority to act on her behalf”.
She has used the Fenty name for her cosmetics line and other businesses since 2012.
The lawsuit further alleges that Fenty Entertainment attempted to book a 15-date Rihanna tour in South America, and concerts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, without her permission.
Rihanna is seeking an injunction to stop her father using the Fenty name, as well as unspecified damages.