Los Angeles ? Rihanna has won her legal battle against Topshop.

The 25-year-old singer has successfully sued the high street chain?s parent company Arcadia for $5m over using an ?unflattering? image of her on their T-shirts without her consent, which was taken during her We Found Love music video shoot in 2011 and showed her with her hair tied up in a bandanna.

In a hearing on Wednesday at London?s High Court, it was ruled the fashion retailer duped fans and may have damaged her reputation.

In a two-minute statement, the Judge ruled:

?There is no such thing as a general right by a famous person to control the reproduction of their image.

?The mere sale by a trader of a T-shirt bearing an image of a famous person is not an act of passing off. However, I find that Topshop?s sale of this T-shirt was an act of passing off.?

Not approved by the pop star

He added that a ?substantial number? of fans could have been deceived into buying it, thinking it was approved by the pop star which was damaging to her ?goodwill? and was a loss of control of her reputation in the fashion world.

Tophsop?s lawyers previously disputed the claims, saying the 25-year-old megastar was making an unjustifiable attempt to establish a ?free-standing image right? over use of her picture in the UK.

Rihanna previously took offence to the ?low-quality image? and also slammed the quality of the garments as ?poor?.

(SHOWBIZBANG) 

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