Rihanna’s fashion brand Fenty is being sued after a song featuring a reading of Muslim text was played at the 2020 Savage X Fenty fashion show.
The song, titled Loss, is by French artist Coucou Chloe, but the complaint was filed anonymously under Jane Doe. Doe said in the suit that they received death threats following the incident.
Rihanna reportedly contacted the artist for permission to use the song on the show, and was told to use the version without the Islamic text, known as Hadith.
However, the artist alleges that the show’s producers played the wrong version of the song.
Doe claims in the lawsuit that they have been forced into hiding since the incident and suffer from depression and anxiety following the barrage of threats. They are claiming $10 million in damages.
After the show first aired in 2020, Chloe said she was unaware that the samples used contained religious chants and issued an apology online.
Rihanna also released a statement apologizing for the incident. “I would like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive on our Savage X Fenty show,” she said.
“I would like to more importantly apologize to you for this honest but careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I am incredibly heartbroken!
Updated: August 16, 2021, 12:08 p.m.