Rihanna Submits to David LaChapelle's "S&M" Lawsuit, Settling Out of Court

Rihanna Submits to David LaChapelle's "S&M" Lawsuit, Settling Out of Court

Rihanna acknowledged she copied a David LaChapelle photograph for her "S&M" video, settling a lawsuit filed by the fashion photographer in July for an undisclosed sum.

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The New York Post confirmed the settlement with LaChapelle's publicist Jaret Keller, who told the paper, "David is happy with the settlement," and declined to comment further.

In the lawsuit, LaChapelle had alleged that the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe, and lighting" is a direct copy of his shots.

LaChapelle had no hard feelings against the singer, saying in a statement last July, "This is not personal, strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone's beats, and there should be no difference when 'sampling' artist's visuals. I really like Rihanna — we've actually worked together before."   

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The court sided with the photographer, saying that the "pink room scene" in "S&M," which featured Rihanna in a latex costume dominating a man, was similar toLaChapelle's "Striped Face" photograph.