LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER, HALEIGH NICKERSON SUES DIESEL AND TERRY RICHARDSON FOR STEALING HER WORK |(CAPTION FOR IMAGE) Haleigh Nickerson’s image (left) compared to Terry Richardson’s for a Diesel campaign.| Haleigh Nickerson, an African American women, photographer and digital artist based in Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit against controversial photographer Terry Richardson. Nickerson’s “Sista Soulja” photo, which she created in 2016. The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges copyright infringement. Nickerson claims Diesel included a photo similar to hers in a new campaign “Rules for Successful Living. She called it a “blatant act of infringement. Richardson lost his prestige since the emergence of the #MeToo movement in 2017. Nickerson did not want her reputation to be affiliated with disgraced photographers, such as Richardson. Nickerson reached out to Diesel before filing her lawsuit, and argued that the brand intentionally copied the most recognizable elements of her ‘Sista Soulja’ photograph. She is seeking that all reproductions be destroyed and all profits derived from the image be handed to her. For this case to land in court, damages need to exceed 75,000.