Rihanna is being sued by the company that handled the funeral of her grandmother, Clara Braithwaite.
Braithwaite died in June 2012 after a battle with cancer. Rihanna wanted a burial ceremony in her native Barbados, followed by a party to honor her “Gran Gran Dolly.” The fete was complete with tents, flower arrangement, and large TV screens.
The company that organized the funeral said the total bill came up to more than $150,000. They said Rihanna paid only about a quarter of that amount and has refused to pay the remaining balance. The company’s lawsuit claimed that the bill for the party was exorbitant and said Rihanna’s demands came at a hefty price, according to TMZ.
Braithwaite was undergoing treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown when she died. The 25-year-old visited the hospital in December and made a donation of $1.75 million, which helped pay for vital equipment. The hospital then renamed its radiotherapy department the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.
“This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program,” Rihanna said of the donation. “I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them.”
Three months after Braithwaite died, Rihanna got a large ribcage tattoo of the goddess Isis in her memory. She posted a picture of the tattoo on Instagram with the message, “Goddess Isis- Complete Woman – Model for future generations- #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart #1love.”
In May, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against women’s clothing company Topshop. She claimed that the company stole her image for an unauthorized t-shirt. The British retailer said it purchased the image from a photographer and isn’t required to pay a licensing fee. At the end of July, a court ruled in Rihanna’s favor.
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