Thursday, May 7, 2015Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nicki Minaj's former stylist seeks $38 million in wig dispute

Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:14 AM
Nicki Minaj sings in the music video for her song Super Bass. -- SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

ATLANTA (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 US$30 million (S$38 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.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!