Marvin Gaye’s son plans to file a lawsuit against the creators of Fox hit show “Empire,” alleging they stole his idea, Philly.com reports.
Marvin Gaye III claims he “registered the premise for a show called “Diamonds & Ballads” with the Writers Guild of America in 2010,” Philly.com reports.
The show was based on the lives of his family – and the family of Motown singer and producer Berry Gordy – and was a “black and hip” version of Dynasty and The Sopranos. He also claims to have pitched the idea to TV executives. Gaye’s lawyer tells TMZ.com that he plans to file a lawsuit against the show’s co-creator Lee Daniels, and TV network Fox, among others.
He adds, “We understand that three things can’t be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!”
You will recall Marvin Gaye’s family was awarded $7.4 million in a lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for their hit song “Blurred Lines.”