On Tuesday, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash filed a lawsuit against Empire co-creator Lee Daniels over a Richard Pryor biopic that was never produced.
Last week, during Diana Ross‘ show at the Hollywood Bowl, Dash confronted Daniels for allegedly owing him $2 million for the project.
On Tuesday, video of the fiery encounter began circulating around social media. As seen here:
According to the lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court, Daniels allegedly agreed “to use commercially reasonable efforts” to secure Dash a co-executive producer credit on the film. Additionally, Daniels was allegedly supposed to pay Dash five percent of Daniels’ back-end compensation from the film.
However, things went awry when Daniels allegedly stopped working on the project.
“Although Mr. Daniels did in fact become a writer, director and producer of the ‘Pryor Film’ as per numerous industry publications, Defendants never informed Plaintiff of the film’s progress, or made any commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the EP consideration (including alternative, mutually-agreed upon, comparable consideration) that he was legally obligated to secure… Furthermore, it has been commonly reported amongst reputable sources that Mr. Daniels unilaterally departed from the ‘Pryor Film’ ultimately ending the production.”‘
Dash alleges breach of contract and other counts, and is asking for “no less than $5 million.”
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