Rihanna To 'Sue Topshop' For Using Her Image On Best-Selling T-Shirts

Singer allegedly wants £3million from High Street store for unauthorised use of her portrait

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She is used to seeing her face everywhere from billboards to music videos - but Rihanna doesn't take to kindly to her image being used to sell clothes, especially when it's without her permission.

Because according to reports, the singer is threatening to sue High Street store Topshop for selling T-shirts with her face on, which she says she most certainly didn't agree to!

Her legal team is said to have told Sir Phillip Green's clothing chain to stop selling the T-shirts - which have proved to be a best-seller and bear her face in a shot taken from her We Found Love video - and they want £3million in compensation.

Rihanna is believed to be threatening to sue TopShop for using her image on a T-shirt without her permission (WENN)

The claim was believed to have been filed at the High Court last March but despite the ongoing battle since then, the fashion store have yet to stop selling the tops and a settlement hasn't been made.

"What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, 'Go to hell. We don’t care'; we are going to continue selling you," a source told the New York Times.

In the UK, the artist is not protected against image rights as a company can buy the pictures from the photographer but don't have to pay licensing fees to the artist.

The source added: "Even though the UK laws don’t protect the artist, she has decided to move forward and sue Topshop. She has spent almost $1 million in litigation at this point. She says it’s the principle, and wants to make a statement about it. They are taking advantage of artists. It is just exploitation. What they are doing is wrong."

Some may be surprised at Rihanna's legal threat though, because she has become friendly with Sir Phillip and his daughter Chloe and dined with them during a Christmas break to Barbados in 2010.

It was even rumoured that she would be designing a range for the store but then she signed a deal reportedly worth £800,000 to design a range for River Island, Topshop's High Street rival.

A Topshop source told the Telegraph: "This issue is related to a T-shirt provided to Topshop by a third-party supplier. We are aware it is the subject of litigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment."

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