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Northern Irish farmer halts Rihanna video shoot


Singer Rihanna performs at the Staples Center on June 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


Kevin Winter

A farmer in Northern Ireland who allowed a Rihanna music video shoot on his property requested that production end after he saw what he deemed "inappropriate behavior" by the pop star, CNN reports.

"I didn't know who was coming," Alan Graham said. "If the name 'Rihanna' had been mentioned, well, no disrespect, but it wouldn't have meant anything."

Rihanna, who has Irish ancestry, is in Northern Ireland this week for shows in Belfast. Graham's barley fields were being used as a background for a music video of the song "We Found Love."

Graham, who is also a local political representative, insisted that there were "no hard feelings."

"I had a conversation with Rihanna; we shook hands; we parted company on good terms," he said. "I found her very gracious, and I hope she understands where I'm coming from. I wish her well."

From CNN:

Graham's wife shed more light on the incident Tuesday, revealing that Rihanna had gone topless.

Said Mrs. Graham, who declined to give her first name, "What she was doing became more inappropriate. When she started to go topless, that's what Alan was particularly objecting to -- things were getting out of hand. There was a man as well, and the behavior was getting more inappropriate. ... It wasn't the sort of thing Alan wanted young people (those watching) to see on his land. We are Christians."

However, Mrs. Graham added: "The girl was very nice; she shook hands with Alan several times" after he asked for the filming to stop.

The BBC reports that Rihanna's presence in the area brought traffic to a halt "as drivers strained to get a glimpse of the singer and her cavalcade." Many local school children were also looking on, and taking pictures with cell phone cameras.

"I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God," Graham said.

According to CNN, Rihanna resumed shooting for the video in Belfast on Tuesday.