Rihanna sues father over use of Fenty name for his talent business

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R&B star Rihanna is suing her father for using their surname for his business venture.

The What's My Name? singer, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

It claims that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his business partners violated her trademark and falsely suggested their business - Fenty Entertainment - was affiliated with the 30-year-old performer.

According to legal filings, the Umbrella performer had "absolutely no affiliation" with Fenty Entertainment.

In the lawsuit, Rihanna says that she has used the Fenty name for her cosmetics line and other businesses since 2012.

Her father's business, which advertises itself as a talent and production company, was founded in 2017.

The lawsuit claims Fenty Entertainment accepted a third party offer of $15m (£11.7m) in 2017 for Rihanna to perform at 15 shows in Latin America.

It also alleges the company wrongly implied the pop star was involved in a boutique hotels project.

The lawsuit says that despite being repeatedly told to not use the Fenty name or speak on Rihanna's behalf, Mr Fenty and his business partners continued to claim they were affiliated with the singer.

The Barbados-born artist has asked the court for an injunction to stop her father using the name and is seeking damages to be determined at a later date.

Fenty Entertainment has not yet responded to news agency requests for comment.

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