Lee Daniels, co-creator of the Fox dramas “Empire” and “Star,” was hit with a $5 million lawsuit by Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash, The New York Daily News reports.
Dash “claims that Lee Daniels never intended to give him a co-executive producing credit for a planned Richard Pryor biopic, despite agreeing to do so,” the story reports, adding that Dash “says he was scammed out of a credit and the 5% of backend profits that he was promised before Daniels ditched the project.”
“Dash said he was never informed of the movie’s progress and Daniels never ‘made any commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the EP consideration,’ according to the lawsuit,” The Daily News reports.
Dash discussed the suit in an Instagram post, writing: “I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director…it was the money I was using to fund my movies and stay Indy…he promised I get my money back in months…then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me…then then Butler…empire…same shit Why does this dude feel like he doesn’t have to pay me?…why do I have to look crazy to get my money back…or go to court…ask @theoriginalbigdaddy why he doesn’t feel like he has to pay me even though he has it…what type of shit is this.. #paywhatyouowe I’m going to put this whole thing on my ig tv in a few… true definition of a culture vulture @culturevultures_book …eats off the culture but Robs the culture at the same time… see you back in court Lee your gonna pay me what you owe…please everyone ask him way he doesn’t think he has to pay me… @tmz_tv @vanlathan @theshaderoom @deadline @worldstar @voguemagazine @people @pagesix @oprah @halleberry”
The Daily News also notes: “Dash previously sued Daniels for $25 million in 2014, claiming that he had loaned the producer $2 million for rights to certain projects, including ‘Precious,’ ‘Butler’ and ‘Empire,’ but never saw a dime back or the ownership rights.”