Damon Dash Files Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels for $5 Million

Roc-A-Fella mogul Damon Dash has filed a $5 million dollar lawsuit against Empire co-creator Lee Daniels for a breach of contract.

At a point in time Dash loaned Daniels $2 million dollars to create a film and Daniels has never paid him back.

Legal action taken eventually resulted in Daniels having to give Dash a co-executive producer credit and “five percent (5%) on all amounts that Mr. Daniels actually receives from his backend participation” on the Richard Pryor biopic Daniels was to direct according to multi-claim suit filed on Tuesday.

However, the biopic never came to fruition. Multiple attempts to resolve the initially reached settlement agreement were unsuccessful which led to Dash confronting Lee recently.

Dash shared the confrontation and a caption explaining it on Instagram (see below).

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

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You can read the entire multi-claim complaint filed by Damon Dash here.

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