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Hip-hop producer Damon Dash files lawsuit against 'The Butler's' Lee Daniels

Rock-A-Fella co-founder and hip-hop producer Damon Dash has some major beef with director Lee Daniels. That beef could apparently be worth a minimum of $25 million according to a report by TMZ Thursday. Dash has filed a lawsuit against Daniels claiming he was persuaded into pumping cash into a few of Daniels’ movies and never got a cent back.

Mogul Damon Dash attends the G Star Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Park Avenue Armory on September 11, 2008 in New York City.
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Dash also claims he was omitted from being credited as a executive producer and producer on the films which include “The Woodsman,” “Precious,” “The Paperboy” and “The Butler.” The hip-hop mogul has taken his complaint the New York Supreme Court where a summons has been produced. The summons will give notice of the claims and will also provide Daniels with an opportunity to be served with an actual complaint.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, if Daniels fails to appear in court, then Dash can pursue a default judgment of an estimated $25 million. That would involve producer credits and attorney’s fees. Dash could go for much more, especially considering the amount of success Daniels had with “The Butler” at the box office and other royalties made from Daniels’ films. This assuming his claim has any validity.

The complaint filed against the Oscar-nominated director includes claims of breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment and conversion. Dash is standing behind the written and oral agreements he made with Daniels as a basis for the lawsuit and proof that he is owed on the many projects in which he invested cash.

Dash is not just going after Daniels, he is also going after Simone Sheffield and Canyon Entertainment with claims of defamation and an accusation of tortious interference, proclaiming that Sheffield and Canyon Entertainment interfered with the oral and written agreements Dash alleges he made with Daniels. According to Dash’s attorney, Natraj Bhushan, his client just wants “what he’s rightfully entitled to.”