‘Empire’ Gets Sued

Photo Credit: FOX
Photo Credit: FOX

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

“Empire” became a massive hit for FOX, but with success oftentimes comes lawsuits.

According to TMZ, stars and writers of the show (Terrence Howard, Lee Daniels and more) have been slapped with a lawsuit because a man claims the main characters are carbon copies of his life.

The site reports:

Ron Newt, who describes himself as a “known ghetto player” claims he met with Terrence at the Four Seasons hotel a while back and they discussed Ron’s documentary, “Bigger than Big.” Ron says Terrence connected to it, and said he wanted to play him in the film.

Fast forward to January, when “Empire” debuted to huge ratings. Ron says the similarities are more than suspicious.

— “Empire” … 4 drug dealers killed. “Bigger than Big” script: 4 drug dealers were killed.

— “Empire” … Lucious shot his long-time friend. BTB: Prince shoots his friend.

— “Empire” has a round table. BTB: Round table!

— “Empire” … Cookie goes to jail for drugs. BTB: China Doll goes to jail for drugs.

— “Empire” … Cookie is released from prison. BTB: China Doll released from the big house.

— “Empire” … Cookie with hat. BTB: China Doll with hat.

Ron has a colorful history. He says in 1989 he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Michael Jackson and Death Row Records.


Newt wants a billion dollars.


    1. Right, sh*t, I could have wrote that too from where I grew up at. I knew a lot of Lucious’s and Cookie’s. Gangsters, drug dealers and sharks are everywhere and the story is all the same. Really Newt!

    2. They do and it’s hilarious to me. This basic a-s show has people tripping. I don’t get the hype either. I watched a few episodes and thought it was corny.

  1. BTW, Urban Gossip Titles…LOL! Get’s Sued or did they file a lawsuit? In anycase, this is a no win.

    1. Actually when someone is sued, it means a lawsuit was filed. The legal term for money being paid out is “settlement.”There’s noting wrong with this title. Even TMZ used something similar.

  2. I knew someone was going to eventually sue and claim it’s their life. I love Empire, but it’s not like the writing is so one of a kind. Anyone could come up with the characters and storylines.

  3. Oh here we go. People and these dumb lawsuits. I can see FOX just settling out of court with this fool for a few hundred thousand.

  4. Only person who has a legitimate claim to sue is dead and that is William Shakespeare because Empire is basically a hip hop King Lear everybody else can kick rocks with their theory that Empire is about them.

    1. Of course not. The show is hot right now. Everyone wants a piece of the pie even though I don’t understand why it’s so popular.

  5. I think this person is very delusional. The things he mentioned aren’t even all that unique. Anyone could come up with it.

  6. Let me find out some of us are missing the show so bad we’re ready to sue. The Empire withdrawal is real. LOL.

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