ATLANTA Feb 21 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
$30 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.
Davidson stopped working for Minaj more than a year ago, and
now the pop star is copying his wig designs and selling them
online, he alleged.
Minaj "took a number of his popular wig designs, without his
consent, and used them to start her own wig line," said the
Davidson's representatives claim it is the first-ever
intellectual property dispute over wigs.
A spokesperson for Minaj could not immediately be reached
Minaj, who also is known for her extravagant stage
performances, won the American Music Awards' favorite rap/hip
hop artist and rap/hip hop album of the year for "Pink Friday:
Roman Reloaded" in 2012.
(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis)