by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Music artist RiRi, beloved by many, was not so loved by Gucci. According to reports from Vogue, Rihanna was paid less money when modeling for Gucci because she is from a Caribbean island. Josephine Robinson, former Gucci employee, says that while she was writing up the contract for the music artist’s shoot her boss — international tax counsel Stan Sherwood — told her to allocate Rihanna less funds because she is not a citizen of the United States. Specifically, Robinson’s lawsuit claim reads:
“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 per cent of her fee.”
According to the New York Post, Robinson is suing for $5 million in intangible damages — verbal damages. She says she suffered “unrelenting barrage[s] of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci.” Robinson was fired after making complaints about the situation last year.
Interestingly enough, Rihanna has not said anything about all of this. However, Gucci made a point of speaking up today against Robinson’s allegations. A spokesperson released a statement saying that “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.”
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