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18 Feb 2014 01:14pm

Rihanna wins $10m accountant case

Pop star Rihanna has won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her former accountant

The 25-year-old singer has won the case against accountant Peter Gounis and the firm Berdon LLP after she was left "effectively bankrupt" through financial mismanagement, according to media reports.

Rihanna, real name Robyn Fenty, sued Gounis and Berdon as they advised her to buy a mansion in Beverly Hills in 2009. However, it was virtually inhabitable with leaks, mold and general disrepair, forcing her to sell it at a $9m loss, leaving her financially vulnerable.

Rihanna’s lawyers claimed in court papers, “Mr Gounis advised Ms Fenty that she could afford to purchase [the home] at a time when Ms Fenty was in financial dismay. In 2009, Ms Fenty was ‘running out of cash’ and Mr Gounis knew this,” according to the NY Daily News.

The firm has offered the singer a settlement of more than $10m (£6m).

The Barbadian has released seven albums in the past decade, performed three world tours, sold 50 million albums and 180 million singles. She earned an estimated $82m in combined earnings in 2013.

Raymond Doherty

 

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