Minaj's former stylist seeks $30 million in wig dispute
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[February 22, 2014]
By David Beasley
ATLANTA, Ga. (Reuters) — A celebrity hair
stylist has accused rapper and former "American Idol" judge Nicki
Minaj of stealing his designs for the colorful wigs that helped
boost her career, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Friday
seeking $30 million in compensation.
Terrence Davidson, whose celebrity clients include singers
Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Hudson, began working for Minaj in
2010 and designed her wigs for high-profile events worldwide,
the suit filed in Atlanta said.
The rapper also wore Davidson-designed wigs in a music video for
the song "Super Bass," according to the lawsuit. One of Minaj's
best-known wigs is called the "Pink Upper Bun."
Davidson, 41, said he and Minaj's staff discussed a joint
business venture that would include selling wigs and creating a
reality television show about a celebrity wig stylist.
But the performer and her representatives in 2012 "took active
steps to isolate Mr. Davidson and preclude him from the
notoriety he deserved for his wig designs," the lawsuit said.
Davidson stopped working for Minaj more than a year ago, and now
the pop star is copying his wig designs and selling them online,
Minaj "took a number of his popular wig designs, without his
consent, and used them to start her own wig line," said the
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Davidson's representatives claim it is the first-ever intellectual
property dispute over wigs.
A spokesperson for Minaj could not immediately be reached for
Minaj, who also is known for her extravagant stage performances, won
the American Music Awards' favorite rap/hip-hop artist and rap/hip
hop album of the year for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" in 2012.
(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan
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