Marvin Gaye’s Son Latest To File Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels Saying The Hit Show ‘Empire’ Was His Idea

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re keeping count, yet another individual has come forward with claims that the hit show ‘Empire’ was their idea.

Last week a Detroit woman file a lawsuit against the producers of ‘Empire’ claiming to be the real Cookie Lyons.

now another has come forward saying Empire is based on their own intellectual property.

Coincidentally it’s singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye III who just won $7 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell over “Blurred Lines”.

And why should the producers of Empire be worried about this latest claim?

Gaye III has the capital to lock the producers in litigation for years.

Once he’s set his sights on something it’s like his song “Can’t take my eyes off you”.

Madamenoire reports:

Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III is planning to sue Empire creator Lee Daniels, as he says the show was his idea and brainchild. Marvin is claiming that he registered a treatment for a show called Diamonds & Ballads (aka Those Sons of Riches!) in 2010 through the Writers Guild of America. The treatment of the show describes a family in the music industry–”a music based ‘black’ and ‘hip’ version of ‘Dynasty’–with a little Sopranos.” Gaye is said to have shopped around the show to a number of TV execs but was turned down. He now believes people that Lee Daniels is associated with may have received emails regarding the treatment he pitched, which was loosely based on the lives of his family and the Berry Gordy family. Now, Gaye wants in on the coinage Empire has raked in.

Gaye also recalls Daniels saying, “I wanted to make a black Dynasty,” back in 2014 after the show gained its success. He also mentions that Lee said Empire was similar to The Sopranos, supposedly the same words that were used to describe Gaye’s treatment.

According to TMZ, Gaye’s lawyer says that he is plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox network and others associated in the matter. “We understand that three things can’t be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!” the lawyer said.

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