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50 Cent Sued For Ripping Off 'Power' CT&B

September 27, 2016

Two men are suing 50 Cent for copyright infringement claiming that the cable show “Power” was ripped off from a script the men wrote and pitched to the rapper three years before the show’s premiere.  In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court against 50, aka Curtis Jackson, as well as cable network Starz and parent company CBS, R. Byron Hord and Curtis Scoon claim that they wrote a script for a pilot episode of a show they called “Dangerous” in 2009 about a black drug dealer and his efforts to “go legit” while trying to maintain his relationships with his Irish gangster friend named “Shamrock” and a girlfriend who wants him to remain in the crooked biz.  50 Cent, who is a producer and actor on “Power,” was pitched the show in March 2011.   The court papers say that Jackson and the networks “willfully and improperly began developing, producing and filming their own television show,” instead of calling the two men about their interest in the copyrighted show.  The show began airing in June 2014 on Starz and, the suit claims, is “substantially similar” to the original pilot.  The lawsuit claims the networks and 50 Cent face up to $180,000 in fines per episode.  A CBS spokesman said, “We were just made aware of this filing and we are looking into this matter. It is too premature for comment at this time.”