Lee Daniels Faces $5M Lawsuit by Damon Dash Over Breached Contract Claims
Damon Dash and Lee Daniels have some serious bad blood. In the latest $5 million lawsuit by the Roc-A-Fella mogul, Dash claims the director stiffed him from receiving producer credit on a Richard Pryor biopic.
According to the multi-claim suit filed on Tuesday (June 26), Daniels dropped the project before its completion. "Although Mr. Daniels did in fact become a writer, director and producer of the 'Pryor Film' as per numerous industry publications, Defendants never informed Plaintiff of the film’s progress, or made any commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the EP consideration (including alternative, mutually-agreed upon, comparable consideration) that he was legally obligated to secure. Furthermore, it has been commonly reported amongst reputable sources that Mr. Daniels unilaterally departed from the 'Pryor Film' ultimately ending the production."
The claim also mentions years of back-and-forth and "efforts to mediate."
In addition to the lawsuit, Dash took to Instagram to shade Daniels further by posting a video of a confrontation between the two at a Diana Ross concert a couple of weeks ago.
I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director...it was the money I was using to fund my movies and stay Indy...he promised I get my money back in months...then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me...then then Butler...empire...same shit Why does this dude feel like he doesn’t have to pay me?...why do I have to look crazy to get my money back...or go to court...ask @theoriginalbigdaddy why he doesn’t feel like he has to pay me even though he has it...what type of shit is this.. #paywhatyouowe I’m going to put this whole thing on my ig tv in a few... true definition of a culture vulture @culturevultures_book ...eats off the culture but Robs the culture at the same time... see you back in court Lee your gonna pay me what you owe...please everyone ask him way he doesn’t think he has to pay me... @tmz_tv @vanlathan @theshaderoom @deadline @worldstar @voguemagazine @people @pagesix @oprah @halleberry