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Storm in a t-shirt: Topshop garment

Storm in a t-shirt: Topshop garment

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictured this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictured this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.

Risque Rihanna adjusts herself during a photoshoot in the Northern Ireland countryside

Risque Rihanna adjusts herself during a photoshoot in the Northern Ireland countryside

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Rihanna

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com

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Rihanna performs at the Odyssey Arena last night

Rihanna performs at the Odyssey Arena last night

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Rihanna performs at the Odyssey Arena last night

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Rihanna performs at the Odyssey Arena last night

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Storm in a t-shirt: Topshop garment

THE Topshop T-shirt that has sparked a £3.5 million lawsuit features a picture of Rihanna taken in BELFAST.

The superstar has instructed top law firm Reed Smith to launch legal action against the high-street fashion chain because she says the image of her printed on a T-shirt being sold by the store is being used without her permission.

The photograph was taken while RiRi was in Northern Ireland in 2011 filming scenes for her hit We Found Love video while on tour here.

Wearing the same denim bra top, mini skirt and bandana depicted in the Topshop T-shirt, Rihanna was mobbed by scores of fans as she filmed in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

Her trip to Northern Ireland also led to her infamous meeting with Bangor farmer Alan Graham -- who put a stop to raunchy Rihanna filming in his barley field after she went topless.

The graphic We Found Love video, which featured scenes of drug-taking and violence, went on to win a Grammy and an MTV VMA award.

Two years on, Rihanna is said to be furious that a photographer sold the Belfast photo to retail giant Topshop without her permission.

She is said to have spent a massive $1 million (£660,000) in legal fees up to this point already, saying that she wants to make a point on principle.

Topshop has reportedly offered the multi-millionaire Barbadian £3,500, which she has turned down.

Topshop is not commenting on the situation.

Belfast Telegraph