October 28, 2020

Rihanna sued over bill for grandmother’s funeral


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images-Caribbean-rihanna_246374442From Caribbean 360

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday November 13, 2013 – The company that handled funeral arrangements for Rihanna’s beloved grandmother Clara “Dolly” Brathwaite is suing the Barbadian songbird for Bds$202,214.

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, purchasing the grave at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens in Christ Church, floral arrangements, limousine services, and more.

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.

The letter said in part: “As you know, we are legal counsel for Robyn Rihanna Fenty … Accordingly, no monies are due or owing to you, contractually or otherwise, and no further monies will be paid.”

PHOTO: The funeral director said that a bill had been sent to the Barbadian superstar for $301,793, but the company had received $72,960. (Credit: mtv.com)

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