David LaChapelle sues Rihanna: Did she steal his style for 'S&M' video?

rihanna-lachapelle.jpgWhen Rihanna released her video for "S&M," we initially thought it must have been directed by celebrity photographer David LaChapelle, and we were shocked to see that it wasn't. LaChapelle, apparently, had the same thought -- shortly after its release the artist tweeted, "@PerezHilton @rihanna The next time you make a David LaChapelle video you should probably hire David LaChapelle."

He later deleted the tweet -- opting instead to pull out the big guns. LaChapelle is now suing Rihanna, saying that the video is "directly derived" from his work. Eight LaChapelle photograph concepts were allegedly copied for the video, which LaChapelle says also nicked his style of "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting."

This will be a hard one for Rihanna's team to fight. A side-by-side comparison of the video with LaChapelle's photos shows undeniable similarities.

The video's director, Melina Matsoukas, has worked with Rihanna before, on the "Rude Boy" video. She faced accusations of plagiarism then, as well, because the video bore a striking resemblance to M.I.A.'s video, "Boyz."

Photo/Video credit: David LaChapelle