Well, this isn’t good.
Nicki Minaj may soon learn that all isn’t fair in love and wigs, as her former hair stylist has filed a lawsuit against her, claiming she stole his designs that he personalized for her, and sold and licensed them without letting him in on enormous profits.
Described as Minaj’s former “wig guru,” Terrence Davidson also claims the rapper’s management team discouraged him from a multi-million-dollar reality show deal on the condition that it would disrupt their partnership.
“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,” said Davidson’s attorney Christopher Chestnut. If the trial goes to trial, Chestnut says he will seek at least $30 million in damages for Davidson.
Minaj and Davidson’s work relationship began in 2010 before the release of her debut album, Pink Friday. The rapper’s wigs quickly became staple pieces for her image, often worn in colors ranging from blonde to pink.
In the lawsuit, Davidson’s attorneys say he created “fresh, hip, and unique wigs” that “significantly contributed to Minaj’s unsurpassed notoriety for her wigs.”
Davidson also claims that as Minaj’s fame rose in 2011, he and the rapper had made plans to go into business together by selling wigs and making a reality show. However, in 2012 he alleges her management team put an end to their plans, eventually leading to him to leave the team altogether, citing creative differences.
The rapper now sells Minaj-branded wigs on her website, as well as miniature wigs on the tops of her fragrance bottles, which Davidson is seeking profits from.
So far Minaj and her representatives have not commented on the matter.
Do you think Nicki Minaj should pay up or is Davidson barking up the wrong tree?