Robinson alleges that she was instructed to withhold 30 percent of the singer’s fee for her Gucci Tattoo Heard ad campaign.
“When [international tax counsel Stan] Sherwood discovered Rihanna was from a Caribbean island [Barbados], he told Robinson to ‘tax the hell out of her’ and find a way to allow Gucci to withhold 30 percent of her fee,” according to details of the lawsuit.
Robinson is seeking $5 million in damages after being fired for what she claims was punishment for complaining about racist remarks in the workplace. Also named in the suit are Matteo Mascazzini, associate president of Gucci and Christy Leleck, Gucci’s director of human resources.
Her lawyer, Rick Ostrove, argues that she was subjected to “an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci.”
“It is shocking that top level officials of a company as esteemed as Gucci would behave in such an inappropriate manner,” said Ostrove.
A Gucci spokeswoman said, “Ms. Robinson’s allegations are completely baseless, and the company will defend itself vigorously against this meritless litigation. The company is confident that it will prevail.”