Singer’s former hair stylist claims she lifted his wig designs for her own line
Nicki Minaj has become entangled in quite the hairy legal situation.
The singer and former “American Idol” judge has been slapped with a lawsuit by a man claiming to be her former hair stylist, who alleges that Minaj swiped his wig designs for her own wig and fragrance lines.
In the suit, filed in U.S. district court in Georgia on Friday, Terrence Davidson claims that he started working for Minaj in 2010, and came up with a number of Minaj’s eye-catching wigs, including the pink upper bun wig she sported at a Video Music Awards pre-show, a fox fur-patterned wig and a wig that Minaj wore for the “Super Bass” video.
The working relationship was going so swimmingly, the lawsuit claims, that eventually there was talk of a wig line venture between Davidson and Minaj and a reality show featuring the pair.
However, the complaint alleges, beginning in 2012, Minaj and her agents began to give him the cold shoulder, and “became mum” about the business ventures. Davidson further claims that he was shut out of a New York Times article about Minaj’s wigs, after a representative of Minaj falsely told the newspaper that he declined to be interviewed.
Davidson stopped working for Minaj in early 2013 — after which, he discovered, Minaj “took a number of his popular wig designs, without his consent, and used them to start her wig line.” Davidson also claims that his wig designs were used to design bottle tops for her fragrance line.
Minaj “surreptitiously cut Mr. Davidson out of their wig venture and misappropriated his wig designs to pursue the wig venture on her own,” the suit claims.
Davidson lists multiple counts, including tortious interference with prospective business relations and breach of implied contract.
A spokeswoman for Minaj has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.