Judge Dismisses ‘Empire’ Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels
A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million suit against Lee Daniels over his success show Empire.
Romanus Castro established legal documents against Daniels, producer Danny Strong, and managers at Fox Network, alleging they stole thoughts from his screenplay, titled The Peak of Attractiveness of Love, for the show starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
Castro promises he sent out the screenplay to several networks in 2003, but never received a reply. In the suit, Castro points out similarities in the two shows, with his screenplay centring on a music journalist who falls in love with a musician that is schizophrenic, with the characters. He also alleges he had a son character who’s homosexual, like Jussie Smollett’s storyline in Empire.
Yet, before this month, a judge ruled Castro didn’t present enough evidence to demonstrate he possessed a copyright to his works and threw the case out. Castro has 30 days to re-file an amended complaint, based on TheJasmineBrand.com.
This is’t the only Empire-associated legal tussle Daniels is facing.
He’s also been sued by four other plaintiffs over similar allegations, including the latest suit filed by Clayton Tanksley, who once appeared on The Cosby Show. He started legal action against Daniels in January, alleging he stole the idea for the success play from a show he created, called Cream, which he tossed to the filmmaker and a panel of judges during a Greater Philadelphia Film Office occasion in 2008.