And Another One: Marvin Gaye's Son Sues Lee Daniels, Fox Over 'Empire'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 08/10/2015 | 09:00 AM EDT

Marvin Gaye III says the hit Fox drama has too many similarities to his script 'Diamonds & Ballads'

Another day, another lawsuit for Lee Daniels and the folks over at Fox who continue to face claims of stolen ideas and scripts pertaining to the hit musical drama "Empire."


This time around it's Marvin Gaye's son who is going after the show and its creators. Marvin Gaye III claims he registered a treatment on a show titled "Diamonds & Ballads" with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010, which was described as "a music based 'black' and 'hip' version of 'Dynasty' ... with a little 'Sopranos.'"


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TMZ
reports the show was loosely based on his musical family, as well as the Berry Gordy family, and the treatment was shopped around to TV execs.


Gaye is sure the story ran across the desks of those in close contact with Daniels and says the co-creator has also been known to describe "Empire" as the black "Dynasty" and "Sopranos."


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Gaye's lawyer says he plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox and others.


Just a reminder: The Gaye family successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for $7.3 million over "Blurred Lines," which they believe infringed on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."


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