HipHopWired Featured Video

The list of lawsuits trailing Fox’s dramatic juggernaut just keeps getting longer. Marvin Gaye’s son now claims Empire was actually his idea, and he’s planning a lawsuit.

Marvin Gaye III argues that he shopped around a similar idea five years ago. The concept allegedly made its way to Daniels, and he (literally) stole the show.

Reports TMZ:

We’ve learned Marvin Gaye III claims he registered a treatment on a show called “Diamonds & Ballads” (aka “Those Sons of Riches!”) with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010.

Gaye says the treatment describes a family in the music business — “a music based ‘black’ and ‘hip’ version of ‘Dynasty’ … with a little ‘Sopranos.'”

We’re told Gaye shopped the treatment around to TV execs and said it was loosely based on the lives of his legendary family and the Berry Gordy family.

Gaye insists the people in the industry with whom Lee Daniel’s associates received emails pitching his treatment.

And Gaye feels Daniels unwittingly fessed up in 2014 after “Empire” hit big, when he said, “I wanted to make a black ‘Dynasty.'” He also said it was similar to “The Sopranos.”

Gaye’s lawyer tells TMZ he plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox and others. The lawyer tells TMZ, “We understand that three things can’t be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!”


Unlike the others suing Empire for the very same thing, Gaye III has already won a huge judgement over stolen property. Earlier this year a judge awarded him, and his siblings, $7.3 million for “Blurred Lines.”

Meanwhile, all these lawsuits are starting to sound like an actual episode of Empire. Maybe they should write this in next season.

Photo: WENN