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Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

Singer, makeup mogul, and lingerie master Rihanna sued her father for allegedly deceiving people into thinking she’s in his company. The company in question is called Fenty Entertainment. Familiar? Fenty, of course, is a name Rihanna arguably made famous after she launched her own makeup line and later, a lingerie line. Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her father’s full name is Ronald Fenty.

While the name Fenty obviously isn’t just Rihanna’s, the singer is suing her father and his business partner, Moses Joktan Perkins, who told investors that Rihanna herself was involved in the business. She isn’t.

Rihanna is suing for false designation of origin, false advertising, and invasion of her rights to privacy and publicity, among other claims, according reports.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.

The singer, 30, says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, and other businesses, including Savage X Fenty and Fenty PUMA, since 2012.

Rihanna has had a strained relationship with her father, telling Oprah in a 2012 that he had been abusive to her mother.

“I was so angry at him. I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood, and I couldn’t separate him as a husband from him as a father,” she said, tearing up. “I felt like if he was a bad husband he was a bad father. I witnessed a lot of things in my childhood.”

She added, “Yes [he was violent]. My family broke up because of his addiction.”

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