Nicki Minaj is facing a lawsuit by her former “wig guru.”
In a suit which Time magazine reports was set to be filed on Friday, Terrence Davidson accuses the rapper — whose birth name is Onika Maraj — of stealing his customized designs, then selling and licensing them without giving him a share of the huge profit.
According to Time, Davidson claims the wigs he designed for the rapper were “fresh, unique and highly distinguishable,” which she allegedly sold on her website, MyPinkFriday.com. The suit alleges that Davidson, who began working with Minaj in January 2010, created many of her infamous wigs, including her “Pink Upper Bun Wig” and “SuperBass Wig,” that helped launch her career.
In addition, Davidson accuses Nicki’s management team of discouraging him from taking a multimillion-dollar reality show deal and launching a wig line.
Christopher Chestnut, an attorney for Davidson, said, “Her lawyers may complicate it, but we don’t need to get into intellectual-property law. This is basic American morality. Nicki Minaj lied to this man and cheated him,” according to Time. “It’s a classic David versus Goliath situation.”
He plans to seek at least $30 million in damages for Davidson if the case goes to trial.
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