Rihanna sues former accountants



Rihanna is suing her former accountants claiming they lost millions of dollars of her earnings.

The singer is seeking damages against New York-based Berdon LLP and two of its staff, who have left the firm.

She blames them for poor book-keeping, a failure to recommend she cut back on expenses when her tour in 2009 was losing money and an ongoing audit by the US tax authority.

The case was filed under Rihanna's real name Robyn Fenty at a New York court.

The singer, who headlined Radio 1's Hackney Weekend last month, is claiming her former accountancy firm earned large commissions from concert tours that resulted in her losing millions of dollars.

The lawsuit says Berdon LLP took 22% of the Last Girl on Earth tour's total revenues while paying Rihanna 6%.

Rihanna's lawyers also blame the accounting company for an ongoing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit of her tax returns and for not making sure she was being paid song royalties properly.

The lawsuit claims that since the 24-year-old fired the accountancy firm, her earnings have increased.

The singer says she hired Berdon LLP in 2005 when she was a 16-year-old from Barbados launching her career.

Ron Storch, a partner at Berdon LLP, said the company could not comment on the court case.