A judge has tossed out a 2016 lawsuit accusing 50 Cent of ripping off the idea for his hit Starz drama “Power.”
The suit was originally filed in September of last year by aspiring TV writers R. Byron Hord and Curtis Scoon, who said they wrote a pilot script in 2009 for a show called “Dangerous,” according to the New York Daily News.
In the lawsuit, the men described the premise of their show as “an African-American Protagonist’s work as a drug dealer and subsequent attempts to launder his money and then ‘go legit,'” while the main character is “struggling with the balance between his friendship with an irish gangster and his female love interest.”
The men claimed they gave a copy of the script to several entertainment execs who, according to them, met with Fif in 2011 and asked if he was interested in developing it into a show.
While 50 Cent never reached out to the two men, they alleged he turned their script into his hit show.
“Power,” like “Dangerous,” is focused around a somewhat young, African-American man from Queens who wants to get out of the drug business, and “pursue legitimate entertainment and business endeavors” instead, the lawsuit claimed.
A judge clearly wasn’t buying it, and on Wednesday dismissed the suit while arguing that the show’s themes are not unique.
“One need only look to such shows and movies as The Wire, Empire, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Weeds, Carlito’s Way, American Gangster, New Jack City, Scarface and Paid in Full.”