Empire‘s creator Lee Daniels can’t catch a break ever since the show hit the small screen and rose to immediate popularity. There was the continuous drama with Mo’Nique about whether she was offered the role of Cookie or not. Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly wanted to sue the show earlier this year because he claimed it was based on his life. And then there’s many people who have a problem with the characters and representations that Lee Daniels puts forth in the show.
The latest in Empire‘s glass house of problems is Marvin Gaye’s son claiming that the show was actually his idea, according to B. Scott. This follows a $300 million suit by a woman in Detroit who is claiming the same thing. Citing TMZ, B.Scott reports that Gaye III claimed he registered a show called “Diamonds & Ballads” in the Writers Guild of America in 2010.
The way the story is uncovered – with a dynasty type of family that is involved in the music industry, was Gaye’s idea. Gaye believes that due to Daniel’s connections his pitch to the Writers Guild must have been leaked, and is set to sue Daniels, Fox, and others.
Time to get your house in order Mr. Daniels because where there is smoke there’s fire.