Pop recording artist Rihanna was recently shot down by Gucci due to her Barbadian roots. A new lawsuit involving Rihanna claims she was paid less to model for Gucci because she is Bajan.
Former employee of the high-end fashion house, Josephine Robinson, has claimed that while working on the singer's contract for her 2008 campaign she was instructed by her boss, international tax counsel Stan Sherwood, to pay her less because she was not a US citizen.
Robinson is suing the high-end label for discrimination after she was dismissed last year for reporting unfair treatment. She is seeking over $5 million for what she called "an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci".
"When Sherwood discovered that Rihanna was from a Caribbean Island, he told Robinson to 'tax the hell out of her' and find a way to allow Gucci to withhold 30 per cent of her fee," court records showed.
Court appearances filled with controversy seems to like to follow the 23-year-old Barbados-born singer. This past February, she was sued by fashion photographer David LaChapelle for plagiarism, claiming that his work was unauthorized showcases in her music video for S&M, which was banned in 11 countries for its explicit content.
To stir things up a bit, Rihanna gave an unsuspecting female fan a lapdance on stage during a Baltimore concert. Prior to that, she was also defending the video for her latest single, “Man Down,” which shows her shooting a man who sexually assaulted her. Good girl gone bad? —Shabazz