Rihanna is suing her own father Ronald Fenty and a company called Fenty Entertainment for using their surname, ‘Fenty’ in his business ventures.
In the lawsuit Rihanna claims her father, Ronald Fenty, recently started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. Rihanna had trademarked, ‘Fenty’ to use in a number of business enterprises, including the Fenty Beauty line. She claims he’s profiting off the reputation she’s created with Fenty.
The lawsuit says, “Although Mr. Fenty is Rihanna’s father, he does not have, and never has had, authority to act on Rihanna’s behalf.”
Rihanna says her father and a business partner falsely advertised themselves as her representatives to solicit millions of dollars, including trying to book her on a $15 million tour in Latin America and two concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for $400,000, without her authorization.
Rihanna claims later her father tried to file a trademark for ‘Fenty’, to use with resort boutique hotels, but was turned down by the US Patent Office.
Rihanna’s team sent multiple cease and desist letters to her father, ordering him to stop capitalizing off of the Fenty trademarks, but says he has ignored them and continued to make money off Fenty Entertainment.
She’s asking the judge to place an injunction on her father using the name Fenty and, she’s asking for damages.
Source: The Blast
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