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Everyone wants a piece of Lee Daniels' Empire!
As you've probably noticed by now, the co-creator of the FOX hit has been dodging lawsuits left and right from people who claim that the hip-hop drama was stolen!
The Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson series has already dealt with litigation from a woman who claimed the show stole her life story and another from a man who alleged the producers jacked the idea of lead character Lucious Lyon!
Well, it looks like Daniels just scored another victory because in a federal court ruling this week, a judge shot down yet another lawsuit saying that Empire was ripped off from someone else's original script!
This time, a man named Jon Astor-White said his show titled King Solomon is similarly about a Harvard-educated black guy who starts his own record label.
Not only did the judge notice
Up, down, up, down, up, down, and then it stays down…
Empire was without a doubt television's biggest influence on pop culture in 2015, and while the magic may have died down in America for Season Two, it apparently never even began in other parts of the world!
It may be impossible to believe based on how well the Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard musical drama was first received, but we're hearing that not only are the FOX series' global numbers down… they're downright abysmal!
In fact, according to a report in April 8's Hollywood Reporter, the show is currently failing in countries like the UK, Germany, Australia, and even Canada, to name a few.
Why do they keep having so much legal trouble??
And while this means a lot of money for the people responsible for the hit series, it also means there are a lot of people out there who want their cut.
The Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson musical drama already faced a lawsuit from a woman who claimed the show stole her life story back in August; now FOX has another very similar case of copyright infringement on their hands.
According to a docs filed in federal court in Virginia, FOX, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, and other producers are being sued for an astounding
Looks like Terrence Howard is letting this one go!
On Sunday, Terrence posted a sweet photo of himself and once frenemy Robert Downey Jr.! The two were both at the wedding of mutual friend Brian Grazer.
For those who don't know, Howard and Downey had a bit of a falling out during the time of the first Iron Man sequel. According to a 2013 interview with the actor, Robert subsequently had him replaced with Don Cheadle due to his hefty salary request.
Whether the story is true or not, it definitely caused a sore spot for the Empire star:
"This is going to get me in a lot of trouble, but who gives a f*ck. It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out."
Yikes, that one has to hurt!
Despite the pair's issues and R.D.J. allegedly not taking Terrence's calls for THREE MONTHS, the two were able to mend their fences this past weekend.
T.H. captioned the (above)! shot:
The Empire duo HIGHariously portrayed Kimye in a Kardashian Christmas sketch during their Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays special on Wednesday!
The skit contained all the necessary Kardashian-West props — including selfies, big butts, and a Christmas baby Yeezus!
We're not sure what the funniest part was, Henson's nasally Kim impression or when Howard mistook a house lamp for Sia!
Ch-ch-check out the funny clip (below) to see the Lyons take on the famous couple!
What didn't happen last night?
Now, almost a year later, most of that charm has worn off and the hit FOX drama is trying to up the ante by throwing whatever it can at the wall to see what sticks.
Wednesday night marked the show's first ever mid-season finale, and with it came practically too much drama to handle.
Not only did Taraji P. Henson's Cookie return to jail — to perform for her former cellmates — Yazz's Hakeem voted against Terrence Howard's Lucious so he's now out of a job, and on top of all that and Naomi Campbell's Camilla finally returned to stir things up!
But in the most intense scene of all Kaitlin Doubleday's very pregnant Rhonda was pushed down the stairs by a mysterious assailant!
We're still loving the show, but if Rhonda or her baby die we will riot.
Unfortunately, Empire isn't coming back for another four months, but make sure to catch the Lyon family when they get back in action Wednesday, March 30 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX!
[Image via FOX/Instagram.]
***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***
Well, that was unexpected.
And after a first season that established just how far its characters were willing to push boundaries, the FOX musical drama finally recreated the magic on Wednesday night's new episode by revealing a twist…
One of the main characters is pregnant!!!