Director/Producer Lee Daniels Sued By Author Who Claims “Empire” was His Story
Producer/Director Lee Daniels has reportedly been sued by numerous writers accusing him of stealing their idea for “Empire”. Now, another writer has slapped the director with a $600 million dollar suit blasting him for saying he created the hit FOX show himself.
A man named Romanus Castro has filed a federal lawsuit against Fox Network, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and the production companies behind the “Empire” accusing them of stealing his work to create the hit show.
“[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon,” Daniels told THR in reference to to Howard’s recent legal troubles. “That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Penn has retained former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who declined to comment but referred THR to the first paragraph of the complaint, which states, “As a result of Penn’s status as a public figure, he has for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks. But Penn, like any citizen, has a right to defend himself and will no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behavior of others, who seek to aggrandize themselves or their projects at his expense. Accordingly, and because of Daniels’ defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their defamatory actions.”
Lee Daniels Signs with 20th Century Fox to Direct New Projects There along with “Empire”
Lee Daniels is doing some empire building at Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The co-creator and executive producer of Fox’s Empire has signed a multi-year deal with Twentieth that calls for him to write, direct and supervise new projects while remaining as executive producer of Empire, a first-season smash hit that looks at a family that runs a huge hip-hop music company. The series, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, saw its ratings grow each week as it rose to the top of the TV ratings chart.
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