ABC/Lou RoccoBy now, you probably have already heard of the rumored affair between Jay Z and Rihanna discussed in R. Randy Taraborrelli’s book Becoming Beyoncé. And while publicist Jonathan Hay has apologized for leaking false information to boost sales for Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay,” Rih’s legal reps are now claiming that the singer never had any involvement with Hay as a rep.
“Hay was never Rihanna’s publicist or had any personal or professional relationship with her,” Rihanna’s lawyer Jordan Siev tells the New York Post‘s Page Six.
Vada Nobles, who wrote and produced “Pon de Replay,'” also denied any ties to Hay. “I met this guy once, maybe twice . . . I did not hire Jonathan Hay to promote Rihanna [or] ‘Pon de Replay'” Nobles explains. “[Hay] had nothing to do with Rihanna. Someone I knew referred this guy [to me as a publicist], I said, ‘Let’s see what he can do’ . . . He was using my name and what I was doing to get traction for himself.”
Her team claims the New York Daily News and other outlets erroneously reported Hay was “Rihanna’s ex-publicist” or “former Rihanna publicist.”
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