TeeRoy's 2 Cents:
- Entertainers always have folks in their circle trying to come up off their name and hard work. But her own dad? Wow.
- He should have just asked if he wanted some money. This was just shady.
- I mean, it is his name too. How can you tell someone they can't use their own name on their own businesses?
- That's one thing, but trying to book his daughter without permission is just going too far.
TMZ reports that RiRi’s father, Ronald Fenty, started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. That would be a violation of Rihanna’s existing trademark on the Fenty name, which allows her to use it in business ventures including her highly successful Fenty Beauty and her Savage x Fenty lines.
In legal docs, she alleges her dad and his business partner falsely advertised themselves as her reps and took millions of dollars on her behalf, trying to book her for 15 shows in Latin America in December 2017. She says the get-rich-quick scheme even extended to resort boutique hotels, which Ronald Fenty hoped to brand with his daughter’s trademark. She says he ignored multiple cease-and-desist letters.
Now, she wants a judge to place an injunction on her father to stop him from using the Fenty name, and to order him to pay damages.