WASHINGTON: Pop icon Rihanna Fenty’s beauty brand has been sued by a musician who claimed to receive death threats after the wrong version of her song was performed at the Savage X Fenty 2020 fashion show .
The track titled “Doom” contained a reading of a Muslim text known as Hadith, and caused an uproar when it was performed at the lingerie show in October 2020. Rihanna faced severe backlash for using the song and then apologized for the same, TMZ reported.
The artist, who complained anonymously, claimed she was bombarded with death threats after the incident.
According to TMZ, the artist, who filed a lawsuit as Jane Doe to protect her identity, said Rihanna contacted the artist about the song’s use for the show and was told to use a version of the song that did not include the sample.
The artist claimed that she made it clear to Fenty representatives that one version of the song contained the religious verses and another did not, and warned them not to use Islamic proverbs.
However, the show’s producers allegedly played the wrong version, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
The artist also “immediately received threats” on his life “when the fashion show was broadcast live to millions of people.” She said she had had to go into hiding since the incident and also suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of the death threats.
The artist said she is now seeking “Rihanna’s business arm for more than $ 10 million in damages.”
For non-scholars, Hadith is a collection of traditions containing sayings of the Prophet Muhammad along with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunnah).
It establishes the main source of guidance for Muslims outside of the Quran and, therefore, is considered of the utmost importance in their lives. In other words, hadiths are reports of what the Prophet Muhammad said and did.