A $10 million lawsuit over Fox’s hit drama “Empire,” in which the network, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the show’s co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and series star Terrence Howard were among those accused of copyright violation, has been tossed out.
Deadline reports that the copyright infringement suit filed by “self-described ‘gangsta pimp’” Ron Newt was thrown out in federal court.
District Judge Consuelo Marshall wrote in Wednesday’s decision: “Although the parties’ works each follow an African American man who was involved in drug dealing and has sons pursuing a music career, Plaintiff’s works and ‘Empire’ are not substantially similar as to plot. … Plaintiff has demonstrated, at most, random similarities between the works which does not constitute substantial similarity.”
Deadline adds: “Claiming that he gave Howard a copy of his memoir ‘Bigger Than Big,’ a DVD of a documentary about him and a registered screenplay called ‘All That Glitters’ in 2010, Newt said in the initial April 2015 complaint that the Fox blockbuster series … ripped-off his life and work — and he wanted to get paid.”
Newt reportedly made an amended filing in August dropping Murdoch from the complaint.