By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
“Power” is undeniably a hit for cable network Starz and executive producer 50 Cent, but now there may be yet another reason the drama draws comparisons to “Empire.”
Apparently 50 was just slapped with a lawsuit and someone is accusing him of stealing the show’s concept.
Larry Johnson claims he wrote a manuscript, “Tribulation of a Ghetto Kid,” and in 2005, sent it to Nikki Turner, who works for 50 at G-Unit Books. He says the book was eventually published elsewhere, but believes Nikki showed the manuscript to 50.
Johnson claims much to his horror, in 2014 Starz debuted “Power,” Fiddy’s show about a drug dealer who’s trying to go legit.
Johnson says it’s a carbon copy of his manuscript. In his book, the primary character has a goatee … ditto “Ghost” in “Power.” In fact, Johnson says he even uses the nickname “Ghost” as his pen name.
And Johnson says in his manuscript the main character’s best friend has a short fuse, just like Tommy in “Power.”
In Johnson’s manuscript the main character owns the hottest nightclub in Atlanta. In “Power,” Ghost has the hottest club in NYC.
Johnson is suing 50 Cent for $200 million.