Damon Dash Suing Lee Daniels for $5M Over Breached Contract
Entrepreneur and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash has filed a lawsuit against "Empire" creator Lee Daniels for $5 million after claiming he didn't receive a producer credit for the abandoned Richard Pryor biopic, reports Billboard.
The $5 million lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (June 26) in New York Supreme Court.
"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," the documents read. "Furthermore, it has been commonly reported amongst reputable sources that Mr. Daniels unilaterally departed from the 'Pryor Film' ultimately ending the production."
Back in 2014, Dash sued the Oscar-nominated director for $25 million. He allegedly loaned the money so that Daniels could fund Precious, The Butler, and other projects. Dash said that Daniels failed to repay the $25 million loan and failed to give him an executive producer credit for The Woodsman (released in 2004), but the lawsuit was dismissed.
Two days ago, in a lengthy Instagram post, the 47-year-old music mogul accused Daniels of being the "true definition of a culture vulture," 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 s---."
The caption was accompanied by a video clip that shows Dash confronting Daniels inside the Hollywood Bowl during a Diana Ross concert from nearly two weeks ago.
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