Jhené has been dragged to the courts yet again, this time over her collaboration with PacSun.
According to TMZ, the singer-songwriter has been accused of stealing artwork featured in her 2015 Soul of Summer clothing range by a Colorado-based artist, Elisa Rose Mountain, who claims Aiko used a graphic that was very similar to her trademarked Hamsa Mandala design, which is an updated version of the centuries-old Hamsa Hand sign.
The Summer of Soul collection was rolled out in collaboration with PacSun and Neff Headwear.
The graphic in question was emblazoned on a tank top dubbed “Jhené Aiko Hamsa Circle Goddess”, and from the photo below, Aiko’s graphic has noticeable similarities to Mountain’s artwork.
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#jheneaiko reportedly being sued for copying artwork for clothing collection. It appears Jhene Aiko is the latest victim in a new lawsuit. According to TMZ, Big Sean’s girlfriend is being sued by a Colorado woman who says the female singer stole her artwork and used it on a t-shirt for her clothing line. The women, named Elisa Rose Mountain, claims she owns the trademark for Hamsa Mandala, her artistic take on the centuries-old Hamsa Hand sign which is also known as the Hand of Fatima. She says a symbol practically identical to her copyrighted artwork was sold on t-shirts for Jhene’s clothing line back in 2015. The shirts, which were a collection called Soul of Summer and labeled Jhene Aiko Hamsa Circle Goddess, were sold online and in retailers like PacSun and Neff Headwear, who are also listed as defendants on the lawsuit. However, Jhene may not necessarily have anything to do with the design. Sources say Jhene has no legal liability in this case as she was simply brought on to collaborate and help choose a design. Either way, Elisa is taking legal action against her and the two retailers for using her design without her approval.
This comes just four months after Aiko was sued by her former tour manager, Joshua Williams. According to Complex, the singer was accused of failing to reimburse the plaintiff for expenses he charged on his credit card. Williams claims he put more than $50,000 toward the tour, under the promise that Aiko would pay him back. However, sources close to the case said Williams failed to provide receipts for his alleged purchases—which is why Aiko’s financial team suspected fraud.
Now, Aiko has been taken to court again and we can’t wait to see how this one pans out.