Rihanna‘s Fenty empire is being slapped with a $10 million lawsuit following a faux pas at one of its fashion shows last year.
In the suit, an Islamic musician who’s chosen to remain anonymous said Ri-Ri’s company contacted her to sample one of her songs in their 2020 Savage X Fenty show last October. Fenty, however, played the incorrect version of the artist’s song, and the mishap led to the woman receiving a barrage of death threats, including ones of decapitation, TMZ reported.
The lawsuit states that the musician informed Fenty there were two versions of her song, titled “DOOM.” One of the versions contained holy Islamic chants known as Hadiths, and the other without it. She allegedly warned the company not to use the version with the sacred text.
After Fenty played the wrong song version during the live-streamed lingerie show, Rihanna instantly received backlash from fans. She followed up with an apology on Oct. 6, writing, “I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show. I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!”
“I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!” she continued. “Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding.”
Despite Rihanna’s apology to the masses, the unnamed artist claimed she was forced to go into hiding after she was subjected to a plethora of death threats over the song. She alleges that the constant threats have led her to suffer from depression and anxiety.
The artist reportedly continues to fear for her life and is suing Rihanna’s Fenty company for damages.