At the top of the year, Rihanna filed a lawsuit against her father alleging that he was using her name and brand to leverage his own business. As the report goes, Rihanna claimed her father was pulling in millions from his talent developmental company called Fenty Entertainment. Ronald Fenty and his business partner were accused of pretending to be Rihanna’s rep and even booked her for shows that she gave no authorization for.
Ronald has now responded to the lawsuit, denying the allegations and stating how Rihanna has not suffered any damages from him trying to run his business, The Blast reports. Ronald believes he has every right to use his last name for his business and states how he doesn’t need his daughter’s permission. “Defendants deny that their use of “Fenty” requires authorization from Plaintiffs,” the document reads.
Back in 2011, after Rihanna was beaten up by her ex Chris Brown, the “Needed Me” singer spoke out about feeling betrayed by her father who went straight to the press to spill her information before talking to her.
“You hear the horror stories about people going behind people’s backs and doing strange things, but you always think, ‘Not my family. My father would never do that to me,'” she said. “But my dad went to the press and just told them a bunch of lies. Because he hadn’t talked to me after … that whole thing . He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing. He just never called. He went straight to the press and got a cheque. And now he does it again.”
She added: “It’s like, what do I even mean to him? It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are a part of him, for goodness sake! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it.”