In a kind-of hilarious alleged case of design theft, Nicki Minaj is being sued by an artist who claims the rapper stole his inverted heart design.
TMZ reports that Isiah Simon says he is the creator of the upside-down heart depicting two breasts in a bra or bikini. It’s a design he’s used for his “I Love Venice Beach” merchandise (side note: this shirt is impeccably beachside T-shirt shop), and Minaj’s merch featuring a similar design that Simon alleges is stolen.
Simon says he copyrighted the design in 2015 on Valentine’s Day. In the suit, he claims the rapper and Universal Music Group “brazenly” stole his design. Currently, Minaj’s shirts can be purchased on UMG’s website, but Simon is wanting the shirts taken down immediately. He’s also suing for the profits Minaj’s team is earning.
In other news for the self-proclaimed Black Barbie, she confirmed today that the much-anticipated (seriously, this song bangs) “Barbie Tingz” video will arrive Friday, May 4, as will the video for “Chun-Li”. In a photo via Pop Crave, reality star Draya Michele told Minaj that she “can’t wait for the video” and the rapper responded with “FRIDAY.” Minaj wrote in her Instagram caption that the visual for “Chun-Li” will “blow ur fkng mind!”
We’re waiting with bated breath for her new album, which she told Zane Lowe is “the best album I’ve ever, ever, ever created in my life.”