Sunny Leone was recently accused by the Instagram page Diet Sabya for stealing an artists’ original work. The Instagram account is popularly known for exposing designer rip-offs.
The post shared by Diet Sabya featured a collage of the original painting created by an artist named Malika Favre juxtaposed with a picture of Sunny Leone standing next to her rendition of the painting. Sharing pictures of Sunny Leone posing with the artwork, the Instagram handle captioned it, “We are all for charity, but stealing an artists’ original work — without credit — and auctioning it off for charity (as your own) is just dirty.”
Sunny Leone took notice of the post and even responded to it in the comment section. She explained that she did not claim to come up with the original idea. She stated that the painting was given to her and she just painted an art she saw and liked.
She wrote, “Hello. Just to give you the correct information, I was given a photograph of this piece of art. I then decided to paint it! At no time did I claim to come up with the idea. I simply painted a piece of art that I saw and loved. It should be taken as a compliment as it was being donated to cancer patients for charity. Nothing more and nothing less. Sorry, you don’t like the version that I choose to create while helping children in Need. The painting was not about you or I. It was about trying to help !!!! Best of luck !!!! Keep creating”
Earlier this month, Sunny Leone posted an image with the artwork that she recreated and she captioned the post: “Finally done! Giving this one for auction to help raise money for cancer. In loving memory of those who are no longer with us! With each brushstroke, I thought of you and how much I will miss you. Love you.”