Lee Daniels says a billion dollar lawsuit brought on by Ron Newt, known as the "Gangsta Pimp," has no merit because, unlike the show's lead character Lucious Lyon, Newt couldn't hack it in the music industry.
Newt filed in April, claiming he met the show's star Terrence Howard at the Four Seasons Hotel some time ago and they discussed his documentary Bigger Than Big, about his life as a "ghetto player." He says Howard really connected with the story and indicated an interest in playing him on screen. A year later, Empire hit the airwaves and Newt says the show stole his life story.
In new court documents obtained by TMZ, Daniels and Howard are seeking to have the suit thrown out because Newt's unsuccessful effort to break into the music biz as "manager of his sons' teen bubble gum pop trio," is nothing like the successful Lyon family on Empire. The show creator also adds that Newt's story is so graphic and violent, it would have never made it on network TV.
Of course, this is only one of the lawsuits Empire and Lee Daniels is facng. Sean Penn is suing for comparing him with Terrence Howard due to their alleged history of domestic violence.
Watch the show's cast show off their musical talents at the BET Awards below:
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