Wayans Brothers Headed to Trial Over Alleged Joke Theft
Keenan Ivory, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are being sued by their former employee.
Jared Edwards worked for the Wayans Brothers for ten years and pitched an idea for a book about women who dealt with men for financial gain. With jokes like “You know you’re a golddigger when you know more about sports players’ stats than an ESPN analyst,” Edwards got his idea denied.
Now that the Wayans brothers released a book entitled, “You Know You’re a Golddigger When…,” their former assistant is taking them to court for copyright infringement and also breaching an “implied” promise to pay him for his ideas.
The funniest part of this trial set for July 12th may be the fact that Edwards committed check fraud and borrowed $12,000 from Shawn, that Edwards engaged in sexual acts in Shawn’s vehicle, and that Edwards threw a phone at Marlon and none of these incidents are factors in the case.
And the fact that the book didn’t do so great is entertaining as well. The judge has capped a damage award to the amount of money the Wayans got as an advance for writing the book, foreclosing any of the publisher’s profits.