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Damon Dash reportedly suing Lee Daniels for $5 million 

Damon Dash posted an Instagram video of him confronting Lee Daniels at a Diana Ross show

Lee Daniels is facing some legal issues as Damon Dash has reportedly sued the filmmaker for $5 million for allegedly breaching a contract. 

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The media mogul said the “Empire” creator reneged on a 2015 agreement to list him as an executive producer of the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, according to TMZ. He also said he was promised 5 percent of Daniels’ back-end profits for the project.

On Tuesday, Dash took to social media to publicly expose Lee. He posted an Instagram video of him confronting Daniels about the money he is allegedly owed at a Diana Ross show. It also shows Daniels admitting that he was “wrong.”  

He also added a lengthy caption, tagging the filmmaker and several media outlets. 

“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 wrote. “He promised I get my money back in months...then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me.”

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 @culturevultures_book ...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...please everyone ask him way he doesn’t think he has to pay me... @tmz_tv @vanlathan @theshaderoom @deadline @worldstar @voguemagazine @people @pagesix @oprah @halleberry

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This isn’t the first time the two have had legal issues. Dash also reportedly sued Daniels in 2014 over an alleged loan he said he never got back. 

They reportedly settled. Daniels has yet to respond to the latest case.

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