The pop star has sued the Barbadian for using the family name to promote his venture, Fenty Entertainment.
In legal papers first obtained by
Legal action: Rihanna is suing her dad Ronald Fenty for using the family name to brand his entertainment business; they are seen here last summer
Complicated history: Rihanna and her father in 2006; he is a former addict
Despite having no authority to act on his daughter’s behalf, Ronald is said to have booked her on a $15million tour in Latin America and two concerts, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for $400,000.
Rihanna asks for damages from her father, and an injunction on his business, set up in 2017.
Rihanna, 30, has a business of her own named Fenty Beauty, which produces make-up and facial products.
While Rihanna is taking legal action against her father, the two remain in contact.
Reunion: Although Ronald and her mother Monica, seen with her last summer, divorced when Rihanna was 14 he has remained close to his daughter and her brothers Rorrey and Rajad
Although he and her mother Monica divorced when Rihanna was 14 he has remained close to his daughter and her brothers Rorrey and Rajad.
They were last seen publicly together in November, when they celebrated her maternal grandfather Lionel Braithwaite’s 90th birthday at a Bridgetown nightclub in Barbados.
Rihanna posted selfies with her dad to social media.
And last summer she shared pictures with dad Ronald and her mom, as all three caught up during a trip back to her native Barbados.
However, Rihanna’s relationship with her father is often bumpy.
Ronald has battled addiction to crack cocaine in the past and has long been a heavy drinker.
Rihanna told Oprah that as a child she witnessed her father physically abuse her mother, once breaking her nose.
Then in 2008 Ronald was sent home from her North American tour following his drunken behavior on her tour bus.
Family: Rihanna with her father and little brother Rajad in 2012 at The Grammys
Ronald has said that Rihanna then froze him out for two years before they reconciled.
In 2013 the singer quietly put Ronald through a $58,000 Malibu rehab program to save him from jail after he was arrested during a visit to California.
But in in 2014 Ronald was thrown out of her Diamond Ball after embarrassing his daughter by getting drunk and falling over on the red carpet.
He left California without seeing his daughter on that trip, although the two later reconciled once more.