By Joshua D. Copeland
Remember when self-proclaimed “gangster” Ron Newt filed a lawsuit against Fox’s hit show “Empire” for a billion dollars? For a second there, it seemed like nobody was taking him seriously, until Fox decided to throw down the hammer.
According to Eurweb.com, Newt filed a federal lawsuit against Terrence Howard, Lee Daniels and Fox, accusing them of ripping off his life story for “Empire.”
Newt wanted a billion dollars from the Fox Network because he says he’s 100 percent convinced that “Empire” is based on his life and story.
Things got real when theJasmineBRAND.com reported that Fox is not taking the lawsuit lightly. The network is blasting the lawsuit and demanding dismissal of the entire legal battle.
Apparently the show mirrors Newt’s life as a “gangster, pimp and drug dealer” who refers to himself as a known “ghetto player.” Newt says that before the show aired he met with Howard in LA to talk about working on his documentary “Bigger than Big.” Terrence allegedly stated he wanted to play Ron for the feature film adaptation.
Eurweb reports that the episodes showing 4 drug dealers being killed at once, a long-time friend being shot, the main female going to jail for drugs and then being released, and various other similarities he claims are in his court documents.
In addition to the 1 billion dollars, Ron wants the network to stop airing or producing the series which returns to Fox on Sept 23.
On May 22, Fox responded, saying that because Ron doesn’t own a copyright to his story or documentary he has no case, regardless of whether or not there are existing similarities. Therefore, the network is demanding that lawsuit be thrown out along with Ron’s billion dollar request.
Still, it makes you wonder: If Ron Newt has no case, than why is Fox adamant about dismissing the lawsuit? Why even respond to Newt at all? Could there be some truth in Ron Newt’s case? Could he actually be a threat? Share your thoughts.