Pop superstar Rihanna is being sued for more than £70,000 by a business in a row over the bill for her grandmother’s (Clara “Dolly” Brathwaite) funeral.
After Mrs Brathwaite lost her long battle with cancer in June last year, her famous granddaughter threw her a lavish, no-expense-spared funeral in Barbados, complete with “tents, multimedia large screens and huge exotic floral arrangements,” according to celebrity website TMZ, which went on to say that the funeral home claimed that Rihanna only paid one-quarter of the bill.
Now, funeral directors Downes and Wilson have lodged a civil suit against the singer, with the writ filed by Sir Henry Forde QC on behalf of James Wilson and Company claiming that the money due is the balance for the funeral.
The funeral home reportedly conducted the church service and all burial arrangements, which included retrofitting the Emmanuel Baptist Church in St Michael, buying the grave at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens in Christ Church.
According to Wilson, a bill was sent to Rihanna for $301,793 after the funeral, but the company had to date received $72,960.
The 25-year-old singer refused to acknowledge any outstanding debt to the funeral directors in a letter sent to Downes and Wilson by her California lawyers Reed Smith last October.