Recently, an explosive new lawsuit claims a tax lawyer working for Gucci tried to cheat Rihanna out of 30 percent of her endorsement deal with the Italian brand.
According to the plaintiff, Josephine Robinson, who worked on Rihanna’s contract with Gucci, she was given a “shocking directive” from international tax lawyer Stan Sherwood, her boss.
Robinson claims that Sherwood wanted to over-charge the pop star because she was from Barbados.
Robinson’s lawsuit claims:
“When Sherwood discovered that Rihanna was from a Caribbean island, he told Robinson to ‘tax the hell out of her’ and find a way to allow Gucci to withhold 30 percent of her fee.”
Although the court filing doesn’t say how much the pop singer was paid for promoting Gucci’s Tatto Heart accessory collection, Rihanna made the Forbes list of “Top Earning Young Musicians” that year, raking in over $15 million.
According to the NY Post, Robinson filed the lawsuit because she felt like she was working in a racially hostile environment.
The NY Post reports:
“Robinson, who describes herself as a dark-skinned West Indian Latina, is seeking $5 million in damages for what she calls an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci, which she says fired her last year after she complained about the treatment.
“It is shocking that top level officials of a company as esteemed as Gucci would behave in such an inappropriate manner,” Ostrove said.
Reps for Rihanna didn’t return requests for comment, but a Gucci spokeswoman said: “Ms. Robinson’s allegations are completely baseless, and the company will defend itself vigorously against this meritless litigation. The company is confident that it will prevail.”
At press time, Rihanna’s camp hasn’t commented on the case, but it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.