Marvin Gaye's Son to Reportedly Sue 'Empire,' Claims Show Was His Idea

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It’s fair to say that Empire has a big target on its back.

Last week, a Detroit woman sued Empire for $300 million after alleging that the show stole her life, and now Marvin Gaye’s son wants in on the Empire pie.

According to TMZ, Marvin Gaye III is claiming that Empire was his idea.

Per TMZ:

We’ve learned Marvin Gaye III claims he registered a treatment on a show called “Diamonds & Ballads” (aka “Those Sons of Riches!”) with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010.

Gaye says the treatment describes a family in the music business — “a music based ‘black’ and ‘hip’ version of ‘Dynasty’ … with a little ‘Sopranos.'”

We’re told Gaye shopped the treatment around to TV execs and said it was loosely based on the lives of his legendary family and the Berry Gordy family.

Gaye insists the people in the industry with whom Lee Daniel’s associates received emails pitching his treatment.

And Gaye feels Daniels unwittingly fessed up in 2014 after “Empire” hit big, when he said, “I wanted to make a black ‘Dynasty.'” He also said it was similar to “The Sopranos.”

Gaye’s lawyer tells TMZ he plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox and others. The lawyer tells TMZ, “We understand that three things can’t be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!”

Godspeed.

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