Onika Tanya Maraj, known by her stage name Nicki Minaj has been sued by her former “wig guru”, Terrence Davidson, for stealing and claiming his designs as her own.
According to Terrence, Nicki Minaj took his designs, licensed, and sold them without giving him some of the enormous profit she made. The “wig guru” is now demanding an amount, which we will refer to as damages, of $30 million.
He claims the 31 year old rapper stole all the hair creations he personally designed for her. He further stated that Nicki’s management discouraged him from signing a reality show deal…
According to the legal documents filed at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, Terrence says his designs for the “Starship” hitmaker were “fresh, unique, and highly distinguishable.”
The lawsuit, which BeyondGossip.Com has a copy alleges that in September, 2010, the designer (Terrence Davidson) produced bounty pink wigs for Nicki Minaj to be dressed in during her performance at the MTV Network VMAs preshow.
This was not the only occasion the rapper wore his designs. As he made it known, several colourful designs that Nicki wore to attend high profile events and performances were designed by him. One of them was on December 25, 2010, when Terrence created several wigs for Nicki Minaj to wear in a performance for the New York Radio Station, Hot 97’s Christmas Concert.
Unconcerned, the Cash Money Records signee is now selling her own design of wigs at her website – mypinkfriday.com. According to Terrence, he was cut out of the wig business by Nicki Minaj and her management because Nicki wanted to pursue it on her own.
According to Time.com, Terrence Davidson and Nicki Minaj began this vocation together in the year 2010. If anyone has watched the “Super Bass” music video before, one of the most capturing scenes in the music video is the outrageous hairstyle Nicki put on. By designing that hair, Terrence believes that helped the rapper to transform into hip-hop stardom.
“Her lawyers may complicate it, but we don’t need to get into intellectual property law. This is basic American morality. Nicki lied to this man and cheated him.” This statement was made by an attorney for Terrence, Christopher Chestnut.
The rapper, singer, and songwriter has been served on seven different counts;
- Tortuous interference with Prospective Business Relations
- Breach of Implied Contract
- Unjust Enrichment
- Conversion and Misappropriation of Personal Property
- Violation of the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act
- Injunctive Relief
- Punitive Damages