Five of the biggest names in music are taking legal action against a clothing retailer over claims that the brand did not seek their approval before using their names, lyrics, and photos on their products.
Beyoncé, her husband Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams have all filed a lawsuit against the French clothing company Eleven Paris, alleging that the trendy retailer unlawfully sold merchandise with their likeness or intellectual property.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York on Tuesday, cites 58 alleged violations including a T-shirt that says Kanye is My Homie, a backpack that says RiRi and includes her birth year, and a shirt including Beyoncé’s song lyrics: ‘A diva is a female version of a hustler.’
The suit claims that the plaintiffs have even sent the brand written warnings, but they were still selling ‘dozens of infringing merchandise’ at their New York City store as of the day of filing.
One of the brand’s most popular designs features pictures of celebrities – including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye, and Pharrell – digitally altered to include fingers with mustaches drawn on them held in front of their faces.
The stars allege that these products do damage to their brands, and requests that Eleven Paris stop selling the offending products and pay damages.
While none of the plaintiffs have publicly worn the Eleven Paris’ clothing in the past, the brand is a favorite among some celebrities – including a few of the suing stars’ relatives.
| Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyonce and Pharrell sue fashion brand for using their names without permission
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