Rihanna Sues Her Own Father for Exploiting Her Name Without Permission
Jan. 16, 2019
Rihanna is suing her father, Ronald Fenty, for exploiting her name in what she says are his own million-dollar business deals.
According to a the suit, obtained by USA TODAY, Rihanna has sued her father and his business partner, Moses Perkins, for invasion of privacy and "egregiously and fraudulently" misrepresenting that their company, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with the pop star.
Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says she has nothing to do with her father's company.
“Although Mr. Fenty is Rihanna’s father, he does not have, and never has had, authority to act on Rihanna’s behalf," reads the suit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles.
Fraudulent bookings, the lawsuit states, include a $15 million tour in Latin America, along with two concerts in Los Angeles and one in in Las Vegas for $400,000.
Rihanna claims to have nothing to do with those bookings.
The lawsuit says she has attempted to stop her father and his business partner by way of cease and desist letters to her father and his business partner to no avail.
Rihanna says in the lawsuit that she has used the name Fenty for her cosmetics and other businesses since 2012; Fenty Entertainment was started in 2017.
The 30-year-old singer's relationship with her father has been historically rocky.
In a 2011 interview with Vogue, Rihanna opened up about feeling betrayed by her father after he told the media "a bunch of lies," she said, following her assault by her ex, Chris Brown.
"It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I even mean to him?" she asked. "He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing. He just never called. He went straight to the press and got a check."
But a year later, in a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna said she’d managed to repair her relationship with her father, whom she saw behaving violently toward her mother. Rihanna's parents separated when she was 14.
“I witnessed a lot of (violence) as a child in my household,” she told Winfrey in an episode of OWN’s “Next Chapter,” adding, “My family broke up because of his addiction.”
“I remember one day, thinking, ’Why can’t I come to a place where I can let somebody in? Why can’t I love?' ... I wasn’t able to connect with a man past a certain point. The minute I was able to realize that my father was probably one of the best fathers in the world – like, he taught me everything – and as awful as he was to my mom at times, it didn’t compare to how great he was as a father.
"And I had to come to terms with that and I was able to close that gap with him. All kinds of emotions started happening after that. All kinds of things started making sense.”
In 2016, Ronald Fenty told Now magazine his famous daughter bought him a $1.8 million house in Barbados after he said he'd become a tourist attraction in Rihanna's home country.