Empire creator Lee Daniels and star Terrence Howard have been sued by a self-described ‘known ghetto player’ for allegedly stealing the idea for the hit show.
Ron Newt is seeking $1 billion in damages in the lawsuit that claims the Fox show was based on the documentary Bigger Than Big about his life as a ‘gangster, pimp and drug dealer,’ according to an article on Wednesday by TMZ.
The lawsuit alleged that Newt met with Howard, 46, a while back at a Four Seasons hotel and they discussed the documentary chronicling Newt’s journey from the rough Hunters Point area of San Francisco.
Newt, who was known as Prince Diamond, shot his friend, while Howard’s character Lucious Lyon also shot his long-time associate, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also pointed out that Cookie Lyon, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, was sent to jail on drug charges much like China Doll in the documentary was imprisoned and both characters were later released.
The China Doll character was also fond of hats similar to Cookie’s character on the Fox show.