Damon Dash Must Pay $300K After Losing Copyright Lawsuit Appeal

Last year Dame Dash was ordered to cough up $300,000 plus interest to author Edwyna Brooks after she claimed they’d made a deal in 2015 for Dash to direct a mafia film called Mafietta that was based on her books. Dame appealed the ruling and now a judge has reaffirmed the judgement.

via: Page Six

The music mogul’s April 2020 appeal was found “without merit” last week, after writer E.W. Brooks sued Dash when their plans to turn her four-part “Mafietta” book series into a film hit a snag, according to documents obtained by Page Six.

Brooks claimed that Dash marketed and sold the film about her female crime boss character without her consent — and the United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit agreed.

“Damon Dash can no longer run from his scandalous and malicious treatment of E.W. Brooks,” Brooks’ attorney, Chris Brown, said in a statement.

“At this point, four federal judges have told Mr. Dash he is dead wrong. It’s time Mr. Dash pays Ms. Brooks the $300,000 he owes her and close the chapter.”

Brooks blasted Dash in a statement following her second victory.

“Damon Dash claims to help African-American women while stealing from me and my family. He stole my dream and took my ‘Mafietta’ brand as his own without consent or any credit to me, its creator,” said Brooks.

“I am glad that the Second Circuit was not fooled by the misinformation and misdirection Damon Dash offered them in the appeal. It’s time to move past this and for payment.”

Meanwhile, Dash will pursue other legal avenues in light of the decision.

“We respectfully disagree with the Second Circuit’s summary order. In particular, we think that this court should not have affirmed the speculative damages awarded to Ms. Brooks and, for that reason, we are evaluating other appellate remedies at this time,” Dash’s attorney, Natraj Bhushan, told us Monday morning.

The Roc-A-Fella co-founder previously blasted attorney Brown to Page Six, as the legal eagle represents various clients in cases against the music mogul.

“Every time he files a lawsuit, his suits get worse,” Dash told us. “I’m so uninspired by his energy and his outfits. The lack of taste to be in court for something this minor and then have to look at this type of s–t is disgusting to me. He should have the proper respect to dress when I am in the room.”

He added, “If you’re going to try and rob me, just do it fly.”

In addition to the “Mafietta” suit, Brown represented clients against Dash and his businesses in a defamation suit and a sexual-assault suit.

Dash said he felt as though he’s being harassed.

Looks like Dame is going to have to pay up.

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