Producers of Empire are facing a lawsuit from Jon Astor-White who alleges that his 2007 idea was stolen for the Fox, music-themed, hit TV series.
Aston-White, who owns a Las Vegas based production outfit, is suing Fox as well as the executive producers of the show to the tune of $500M, in addition to extra damages for damage done, Daily Mail reports.
According to Daily Mail, White said he’d initially proposed his show titled King Solomon in 2007, which was based on a music family’s many power tussles for supremacy and control of the venture.
He also claims his idea of King Solomon must have leaked somewhere in between his circulation of it to production houses, which must have led to Empire.
‘In our minds [Empire] is at least 75% of what we wrote,’ White said.
The hugely successful TV series has already been hit with at least three legal tussles before now between various persons versus, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the creators of Empire and 21st Century Fox.
A certain record label named Empire Distribution wanted the producers to drop the name Empire, but there was a counter claim from Fox, Daily Mail says.
One Ron Newt had, sometime ago, pressed charges against Empire and those behind it to the tune of $1 billion.
Another Sophia Eggleston thinks $300 million will make her forget how the TV series stole her Cookie identity and mirrored the storyline around her exact life experiences.