Back in 2012 singer Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty filed a lawsuit against her former accounting firm, Berdon LLP, for mismanaging her finances between 2005 and 2009. According to her lawsuit, the firm’s negligence caused her to be audited by the IRS for the tax years of 2008 to 2010. The suit also alleged that the company failed to uncover millions of dollars in unpaid royalties.
“Despite having earned millions of dollars in revenues during Berdon’s tenure Fenty learned that her net income after payment of expenses and exorbitant commissions to defendant was a fraction of that amount,” the suit reads.
According to TMZ, Rih Rih is now alleging that the firm’s poor planning left her “effectively bankrupt” by the end of 2009. In newly filed court documents, she explains that at the start of 2009, she had $11 million in cash and by the close of the year, she was disturbed to learn that she only had $2 million. As if that weren’t enough, she says that during this time her expenses doubled, which left the “Rude Boy” singer in an extremely tight financial bind.
How does one blow through $9 million in a single year, you ask? Well according to the lawsuit, Rihanna is claiming that her accountant told her that it was okay for her to purchase a home priced between $7 and 7.5 million. After following the firm’s advice, she learned of her financial misfortune and was forced to sell the home at a $2 million loss. The suit adds that the firm failed to inform her that her 2009 Last Girl On Earth Tour was actually losing money.
Thankfully, five years later Rih Rih seems to have rebounded from the tumultuous financial year. She is currently worth an estimated $43 million. It’s going to be quite interesting to see how this lawsuit plays out. As always, we’ll keep you posted as further details emerge.