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Astor-White claims that he had pitched a show entitled King Solomon in 2007 and that Empire has a similar story line. Photo: Entertainment
Yet another person has come forward to claim Lee Daniels stole his idea for ‘Empire’. Jon Astor-White is suing producers, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong along with Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox for $500 million.
According to Astor-White, he pitched a show entitled ‘King Solomon’ in 2007 and Empire has a very similar story line. He reportedly had it all figured out and wanted his show to be about a record executive and his family’s battle over a record label and wanted the cast to include Richard Roundtree, Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and George Hamilton.
Lee Daniels and the rest of the Empire crew are also facing lawsuits from a Michigan woman who claims she is the real Cookie, Marvin Gaye’s son, a record label exec who claims they stole the name of the label for the show and many others from her.