Rihanna sues owner of Topshop over T-shirt

The Associated Press, Friday, July 19, 2013, 6:34am (PDT)
  • LONDON (AP) — Racks of T-shirts bearing Rihanna's image have been on display at London's High Court, where the singer is suing a British retailer for using her image.

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    Lawyers for the star seek damages from Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., which owns the Topshop fashion chain, after it sold shirts bearing her picture without permission.

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    The shirts were initially sold as the "Rihanna Tank" and then — after she complained — as the "Headscarf Girl Tank" and the "Icon Tank."

    Rihanna's lawyers accuse Topshop of trying to pass off the T-shirt as being approved or authorized by the singer.

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    The store says Rihanna is seeking legal recognition for a flawed assumption that "only a celebrity or her successors may ever market, or license the marketing, of her own character."

    A hearing was held Friday.

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