“It’s My Name” Rihanna’s Father Responds To Lawsuit Against Him
Earlier this week, we reported that Rihanna was suing her father, Ronald Fenty for capitalizing off her family name. Apparently, Mr. Fenty opened up an entire company—Fenty Entertainment and was attempting to book gigs for her to perform.
Since then, Ronald Fenty has learned of the lawsuit and responded to it. In an interview with OK! Mr. Fenty said:
“She is? Suing me? Why would she sue me? It’s my name! She’s never going to sue me- I’ll have to fight it! Thing is she doesn’t have the time to deal with all this stuff herself, so it is someone else that will be doing it. She’s working hard on her album at the moment. I don’t think she’d sue me.”
He continued, “This is all news to me. They sent something to Fenty Entertainment, it was a letter from Roc Nation I think, but my lawyer said it was OK. They said they preferred me not to use the name, but they didn’t say I couldn’t.”
As we reported earlier, Rihanna is suing Mr. Fenty because Mr. Fenty launched a company and have been acting as agents on Rihanna’s behalf, including booking gigs across the nation and even in other countries. Mr. Fenty said that he ran the bookings past Roc Nation and claims they knew what he was doing.
In addition to work with this daughter Fenty was also attempting to trademark the name for a line of boutique hotels. But the application was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Rihanna’s lawsuit claimed that she had sent several cease and desist letters to her father. But he’s ignored them.