Empire wins in court

Score one for Lee Daniels and the Empire team. On Wednesday night, a judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by Jon Astor-White, who claimed that Empire infringed on a treatment he wrote for a project called King Solomon, about a character “who was educated at Harvard, started a small record label with one female singer and turned that into a billion-dollar business with numerous subsidiaries.” In federal court in California, Judge Percy Anderson shot down the lawsuit, granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss, noting that Astor-White alleged no facts supporting the possibility that the defendants, which also included Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Film Corp., had access to his treatment.

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