Dame Dash & Lee Daniels Settle Legal Dispute Over "The Butler" & "Empire"


(AllHipHop News) One of Dame Dash ‘s legal battles is now over. Dash had been claiming for years that famed filmmaker Lee Daniels owed him $2 million for projects like The Butler and Empire, and Dash sued the director to recoup the funds. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dash and Daniels filed papers dismissing the case.

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The site reports:

On Tuesday, the parties filed papers dismissing the lawsuit. According to Dash’s attorney Natraj Bhushan, it was a “creative, fair” settlement that “calls for them to work together in the not-so-distant future.” Bhushan couldn’t offer any specific details given a confidentiality provision.

Dash spoke about the dispute during an interview on Sway In The Morning in March. The co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records said at the time:

I put up $2 million. He asked me to do The Woodsman, and I put the money up…

Lee Daniels came to me with a good script. Kevin Bacon was attached to it, and I had some paper at the time. He hit me with, “Black people don’t stick together.”

So I put the money up. We got our money back, but then he wanted to invest in his first directing [job with] Shadowboxer. It cost like $10 million, and I said, “Lee, I believed in the other script. This is my money to put into movies for my independence.”

He said, “I promise you’ll get your dough back.” Long story short, I didn’t get my money back. Then we made a deal where any other project he was on – until I get my money back – I would be on it. As soon as Precious hit, he just went missing on me.

Daniels supposedly promised to give Dame credits, ownership and compensation of any future work. Daniels countered by stated the contract between the two was not specific.

He added a statement on his Instagram page:

United we stand…divided is not an option…some times you have to bring the war to get to the peace…war is the last resort but sometime necessary but at the end of the day I’m not trying to fight unless I have to…as a culture we moving together it’s the only way…now let’s get to work makes no sense for us to fight over success it’s to be shared with the people that helped you get there…I walk that like I talk it….

Dash is now reportedly working on a film about poet and novelist Charles Bukowski. He recently teamed with Kanye West to release the web-based movie Loisaidas. There is currently a lawsuit from a member of a Latin musical group surrounding the title of that picture.

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