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Rihanna Lawsuit Over Fake Concert Scheme

9/18/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna is at the center of a $4.7 million lawsuit  -- in which a bunch of Brazilian concert promoters claim they were duped by frauds masquerading as the singer's reps.

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According to legal docs filed Thursday in New York -- and obtained by TMZ -- a Brazilian promotion company called Unique Sports and Marketing signed a $1.7 million agreement to book Rihanna for three Brazil shows in November.

Problem is -- Unique claims the people who said they signed the contract on Rihanna's behalf -- a company called Vegas Style Entertainment -- never repped Rihanna ... never ever.

Unique claims Vegas Style hatched a fraudulent con scheme  -- and by the time the Brazilians figured it out  ... they had already forked over $825,000.

Unique wants $4,685,000.  Calls to Vegas Style were not returned.

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Pam    

When will this girl's 15 minutes be up? I am so tired of her. I haven't liked her since she was caught on camera laughing at Britney Spears during her performance at the 2007 MTV awards.

1406 days ago
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Truth    

MAN, THE BRAZILIANS ARE GULLIBLE AND STUPID. FIRST OFF, NO ONE PAYS RIHANNA 1.7 MIL FOR GIGS - EVER!!! THAT SHOULD BE CLUE NO. 1. TOTALLY WAAAY OVERPRICED FOR A LIP SYNCER.

1406 days ago
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I Chinee    

Idiots!

1405 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she is soo werid looking

1405 days ago
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nadria    

u people need to STFU. F***ing haters.

1405 days ago
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Moy    

Obviously the first person is just a hater and did not read the article. This has nothing to do with Rihanna if the people never repped her.

1405 days ago
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Damarru    

Hum... Everybody should come to Brazil now... Its going to be the USA of the FUTURE!! USA is going down and down as the rest of the world... so sad. Its time for us to create Rihannas to the world in Brazil, and not pay USA singers to play here.

1405 days ago
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Big Daddy    

She is actually very easy on the eyes. The red hair doesn't do much for her. I say, if she has an angle, and is making money, you go girl !!!!!! She's a hottie. Loose tatoos, and red hair baby.

1405 days ago
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alex    

This is amazing, its amazing that Unique Sports never vetted or looked into Vegas style Entertainment before handing over 800,000$+ How can you do that, how can you be so blinded by star-lust and greed that you don't even do a quick google check of a company?!
I have a bridge I'd like to sell Unique Sports, it gets painted and repainted every year, and is in fair condition! =D

1405 days ago
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Horndog    

Vegas Style is owned by Joe & Jermaine Jackson.

1405 days ago
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Um, wow...    

It sucks that it happened to them, but it looks like if you were going to sign a contract for [any] amount of money, you'd do some research into it... I mean, I certainly would... Live and learn, I suppose... Hopefully they'll get their money back--but it's highly unlikely, considering the company lied to begin with...

@Pam (12:19am)--Rihanna was not the only person laughing at Britney that night!! Trust me!!!

1405 days ago
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whateverpeeps    

Wait, so the Brazilian company is suing Rihanna because they were guillible enough to fall for a scam run by people who have nothing to do with Rihanna?

So why are they suing her? Clearly she had nothing to do with it. The Brazilian company made a mistake. Suck it up and deal with it. Frivolous lawsuits like this are pointless. Rihanna isn't responsible for how guillible you are or what people do in her name. If they had done their research they probably would have found that she wasn't repped by the scammers.

1405 days ago
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X9    

You love to talk bad of other nationalities: why are many people who hate Americans!

1405 days ago
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annie!    

$1.7 million definitely should've been the first red flag... isn't she worth like $500k or something? she's definitely not worth THAT much.

1404 days ago
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Alexx    

sorry to dissapoint but ever since GGGB rihanna is now worth 37mil, and she's sold the most songs this milleneum..in only 5years.. and shes not being sued dumbasses her label is and promoters are shes just caught in the middle..yall comments pissed me off and im not even a fan..

1404 days ago
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