Rihanna’s uncle was reportedly caught selling knockoffs from his niece’s line in their homeland of Barbados.
Barbados’ Nation News reports that pop singer’s 53-year-old uncle, Leroy Fitzgerald Brathwaite, was arrested and appeared in court on Nov. 21st after charges were filed against him under the Fair Trading Commission Consumer Protection Act.
Brathwaite was reportedly charged by a local court for selling knock-offs of her PUMA line, which the singer herself spotted in circulation on a recent trip back to the island in May.
The report states that Rihanna called her PUMA rep, who made a swift appearance to evaluate the authenticity of products moving through Barbados.
It was the rep that reported his findings to authorities, subsequently launching the investigation that pin-pointed Brathwaite.
The defendant has pleaded not guilty and his attorney is contesting that charges were improperly brought to the court, hoping to dismiss them altogether.
Brathwaite, who is also an artist who goes by De Warrior, is accused of selling fake t-shirts and slippers from the line.
The case was adjourned until Tuesday (Nov 28) to continue the hearing. Brathwaite was released on $1,000 bail.
Rihanna has not yet addressed this claims publicly.