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‘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.

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. My 2 Cents

    April 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    A billion dollars though? Boy please.

  2. Tea

    April 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Everyone thinks Empire is based on their life. Lol.

    • Crystal

      April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      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!

    • Im Sayin

      April 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Exactly. Like when will it stop?

    • Anonymous

      April 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      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.

  3. julyol1972

    April 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I guess pimping ain’t paying so good no moe if his delusional behind is trying for a billion.

  4. Crystal

    April 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

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

    • Tea

      April 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      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.

    • Tea

      April 16, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Oh and I meant no disrespect by the way.

  5. Ms. Jackson

    April 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    N-gga sit your punk a-s down.

  6. Yeah I Said It!

    April 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    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.

    • Anonymous

      April 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Anyone including a 5 year old. This show is so basic and corny.

  7. Queen

    April 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Sigh…

    • Fashionista

      April 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I’m sighing with you girl.

  8. Twirl

    April 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    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.

  9. Gabriella

    April 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    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.

  10. Elizabeth

    April 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    His receipts are weak. He needs to find another hustle.

  11. Babygirl

    April 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Something tells me this won’t be the last frivolous lawsuit this show gets.

    • Get Busy

      April 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Nah.

    • Anonymous

      April 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      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.

  12. Seriously?

    April 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    *blank stare*

  13. Fashionista

    April 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I wish everyone would just let this show be great.

  14. Nicole

    April 16, 2015 at 6:25 pm

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

  15. Veronica

    April 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Is he serious? I hope this is a joke.

  16. Ratchet Queen

    April 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm

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

    • Crystal

      April 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Hilarious…now that is real! Almost ready for rehab Wednesday’s now.

    • Lay Lay

      April 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      LOL. I think that’s what it is too boo.

    • Anonymous

      April 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Now this was funny.

  17. ATL

    April 16, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    He has too much time on his hands.

  18. Anonymous

    April 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    lmao i can’t

  19. Anonymous

    April 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Someone is desperate.

  20. Meagan

    April 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    He won’t get a dime.

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