Everyone knows that Damon Anthony Dash does not play when it comes to his money, so why do people keep testing him? Not even celebrity status will keep Dame from coming for you, and that is a lesson Lee Daniels is about to find out the hard way.
According to TMZ, Dash has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Daniels—alleging that the Hollywood producer and director went back on an agreement to put Dash on as executive producer of a Richard Pryor biopic. Dash was also allegedly promised 5 percent of Daniels’ backend profits for the project.
Dash is accusing Daniels of bailing on the project and not delivering on his promises.
Dash previously sued Daniels in 2014 over a loan he allegedly made that Daniels never paid back. TMZ reports that this latest suit is related to a settlement agreement the two men reached in 2015.
For his part, Dash took to Instagram to put Daniels on blast. He posted a video that shows him confronting Daniels about the money last week at a Diana Ross concert at the Hollywood Bowl. In the video, Daniels seems to agree that he owes Dash money and tells him that he will give it to him.
In the caption, Dash wrote:
I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director...it was the money I was using to fund my movies and stay Indy...he promised I get my money back in months...then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me...then then Butler...empire...same shit Why does this dude feel like he doesn’t have to pay me?...why do I have to look crazy to get my money back...or go to court...ask @theoriginalbigdaddy why he doesn’t feel like he has to pay me even though he has it...what type of shit is this.. #paywhatyouowe I’m going to put this whole thing on my ig tv in a few... true definition of a culture vulture...eats off the culture but Robs the culture at the same time... see you back in court Lee your gonna pay me what you owe...pleases everyone ask him way [sic] he doesn’t think he has to pay me...
Dash then tagged several media outlets and people in the entertainment industry including Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, TMZ and TMZ’s Van Lathan, the Shade Room, Deadline and WorldStar, among others.
Considering that Daniels just reupped his overall TV deal with Fox, he should just go on and give that man his money. What is the holdup?