Controversy continues to surround David LaChapelle.
The noted fashion and celebrity photographer is being sued by his former agent (and, incidentally, lover) for $75 million for… a slew of things, according to the Daily News.
The agent, Fred Torres, alleges that LaChapelle owes him $25 million in expenses for processing and distributing his photos, that he conspired with agents from Paul Kasmin Gallery to steal Torres’s client list, which he says is worth $40 million. He even claims LaChapelle planted spies.
To further complicate things, LaChapelle actually sued Torres to the tune of $2.8 million three months ago for not paying him for photos he had sold.
LaChapelle’s lawyer told the Daily News, that Torres’s lawsuit is “retaliation of the basest kind” and that “Torres’s own spreadsheets show that he owes David a great deal of money.”
Torres’s claims get pretty complicated: He says his company took LaChapelle’s negatives to make prints and that he has 1,277 LaChapelle prints in storage for which $5 million in fabrication expenses were not paid. He also claims he’s owed $300,000 in personal expenses “including groceries, toiletries, and lavish dinners,” and the decoration of LaChapelle’s apartment. Also…Torres still lives in the same building as LaChapelle. With a new lover.
LaChapelle is no stranger to scandal. The photographer, known for his bold, often shocking images, was sued just a few weeks ago for beating and strangling a gallerist. In 2011, LaChapelle sued Rihanna for plagiarizing his images–the suit settled out of court.
This lawsuit sounds like it will be LaChapelle’s messiest yet.