A racism driven lawsuit filed by tax lawyer and former Gucci employee has mentioned pop starlet Rihanna in the proceedings.
According to court documents, attorney Josephine Robinson claims she was instructed to withhold 30 percent of the “Man Down” hitmaker’s fee related to her Gucci Tattoo Heard ad campaign.
“When [international tax counsel Stan] Sherwood discovered Rihanna was from a Caribbean island [Barbados], he told Robinson to ‘tax the hell out of her’ and find a way to allow Gucci to withhold 30 percent of her fee,” according to details of the lawsuit obtained by the New York Post.
This was just another incident that lead Robinson to complain about racist remarks in the workplace. For speaking up she was allegedly fired and now she is seeking $5 million in damages.
Robinson’s lawyer argues that she was subjected to “an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci.”
He added: “It is shocking that top level officials of a company as esteemed as Gucci would behave in such an inappropriate manner.”
Contrary to Robinson’s stance, a Gucci spokeswoman said: “Ms Robinson’s allegations are completely baseless, and the company will defend itself vigorously against this meritless litigation.
“The company is confident that it will prevail.”