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.