A hair stylist says Nicki Minaj stole his wig designs and prevented him from getting his own reality show.

How can anyone keep anyone else from getting their own reality show? Two of my three dogs have been offered reality shows (the third one just has a really bad agent).

Nevertheless, Terrence Davidson sued the rapper Friday in district court in Atlanta, saying the former "American Idol" judge should pay him at $30 million for stealing from him, according to TMZ.

The complaint says Davidson started working for Minaj -- whose real name is Onika Maraj -- as a hair stylist in January 2010. He said he also began making wigs for her, according to CNN.

Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2012.
Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

At the time Minaj was an emerging star who became known for her outrageous fashion choices. Davidson and his attorney, Christopher Chestnut, told CNN that Davidson had a big role in crafting Minaj's image and the wigs the rapper now sells on her site are based on the designs Davidson says he created.

"I see these wigs online," said Davidson, who has also worked with Patti LaBelle and rapper Remy Ma. "People are basically duplicating what I created for Nicki Minaj."

So she's kind of the Shia LaBeouf of bright wigs?

"Nicki Minaj is reaping great success and financial bounty reward for Terrence's creative expertise, and he is entitled to participate in that," Chestnut said. "Someone's got to stand up for the artist. We applaud the fact that she's making millions, but she's also got to pay bounty to those whose creative designs she's making millions off of."


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Bounty?

The suit says Davidson designed several wigs for Minaj, including the "Pink Upper Bun Wig," the "Fox Fur Wig," and the "Half Blonde-Half Pink Wig" that she wore during various appearances, including the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards preshow. He says he and Minaj planned a wig line and possible reality show.

But, according to the suit, by 2012, "Minaj and her agents became mum about the business ventures and took active steps to isolate Mr. Davidson and preclude him from the notoriety he deserved for his wig designs."

"On its face you might think, what this guy is suing over wigs?" Chestnut said. "But we really have to consider this in context. Hair is a multibillion-dollar industry, but moreover these are not your grandma's wigs. These are eclectic. They are decadent, and they are creative. This is about a brand that Terrence has built."

CNN reported Minaj and her representatives didn't respond to requests for comment.

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