Rihanna is reportedly suing her father over the use of family name 'Fenty'
Rihanna's Fenty line has been monumentally successful, not just in how the make-up caters to women of all skin tones, but in its spread to other products, too. The singer trademarked the Fenty name for a variety of business ventures, including cosmetics, lingerie, and even some sportswear in collaboration with Puma. But recently various new business decisions have been allegedly made without her consent - by her father, Ronald Fenty.
The singer has been open about her troubled relationship with her father over the years. She claims that he physically abused her mother when she was younger, and had serious issues with an addiction to crack cocaine in the past. In 2008, he was kicked off her tour bus due to drunken behaviour, and in 2013 she paid for him to go through a stint in a rehabilitation clinic.
Despite this tumultuous relationship, she has kept in regular contact with him over the years, and has often posted photos and videos of them both across her social media accounts. For instance, they were last seen together in November, celebrating her grandfather's 90th birthday in Barbados. However, it has now been made public via court documents that a legal battle has broken out between the two of them.
Her father used the name for his company Fenty Entertainment, which is dedicated to “developing original television programmes, motion pictures, live concerts, and record producing as well as talent," and now she has taken legal action, claiming it is a "fraudulent effort to solicit millions of dollars" by using her name without permission.
The lawsuit was filed against Ronald Fenty and another man called Moses Perkins, as well as Fenty Entertainment, with the pair supposedly "soliciting business by falsely acting as her agent." These legal papers show that Perkins and her father were "seeking to profit from her fame," with the addendum that "although Mr. Fenty is Rihanna’s father, he does not have, and never has had, authority to act on Rihanna’s behalf."
Reports have claimed that they also falsely booked for a $15 million tour around Latin America, as well as two concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and a show in Las Vegas that total $400,000. Her father claimed that they ran these business offers with her label, Roc Nation, but they have denied that he or his partner ever spoke to them in the first place.
Additionally, Ronald made various unsuccessful attempts to file a trademark for the name 'Fenty,' hoping to launch a "resort hotel services," an act that the Rihanna's legal team claim was done with the hopes of "exploiting Rihanna's name and brand."
The singer reportedly attempted to settle the issues in a more private setting, but after he repeatedly ignored cease and desist letters, she took the matter up with the courts. Now, she's requesting the judge place an injunction, to solve the matter once and for all.