In the past few years, Rihanna has built a business empire, thanks to the success of her Fenty brand of products. From her wildly successful makeup line, to her sexy and inclusive lingerie line, the Bajan beauty put her family’s name on the map.
But now, the popularity of the singer’s surname may be at the center of a growing rift in the Fenty clan.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Rih is suing her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner, Moses Joktan Perkins, for allegedly using the Fenty name to launch several ventures, including a talent development company called Fenty Entertainment.
While it may seem like a no brainer for Rihanna’s dad to use his own last name for his businesses, there’s just one problem: Rihanna legally owns the Fenty name after trademarking it to protect her own business ventures, including her Fenty Beauty line.
Rihanna’s lawsuit also argues that her father and his partner claimed to represent her and attempted to book 15 performances in Latin America for $15 million without her permission.
TMZ notes that Rih has sent several cease and desist letters to her father and his business partner, but he has apparently continued to infringe on her trademark, so she’s taking him to court.
So far, Rihanna is not only seeking an injunction to keep her father and his partner from using the Fenty name for commercial purposes, she’s also asking for monetary damages in the amount of $75 million.