Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Lawsuits Pop Up in the Book Biz

The Red Hat Club lawsuit is going to have to make some room in the spotlight for the Wayans brothers.

According to the Associated Press, the former assistant to the Wayans brothers (Keenan, Shawn, and Marlon) is suing the three bros and their publisher, St. Martin's Press, for stealing his book and calling it their own:

NEW YORK — A former assistant to the Wayans Brothers has sued the comedy team for unspecified damages, saying they snatched his "You know you're a Golddigger ..." book and published it as their own.

Jared Edwards of Los Angeles filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday against Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans and St. Martin's Press.

The lawsuit said Edwards worked as an assistant for a decade beginning in 1995.

It said in 2005 he wrote jokes about women who seek wealth and status through romance.

He said the brothers rejected his book, but in May published their own: "101 Ways to Know You're a Golddigger.'

St. Martin's Press did not immediately return a call for comment.

The lawsuit has gotten more press it seems than even the book itself, as no one seemed to know of its existance, even pop-culture guru Perez Hilton:

Normally, we would tell the celebs in question to pay the man and move on.v However, considering we didn't even know they had a book out, means it didn't do so well, further meaning they don't have money to be throwing around.

So unless you for reals stole from this guy, we'd fight him. But then you got to
ask yourself, which will deplete you thousands in left over Scary Movie money more: lawyer fees or paying this guy?

Choice is yours!

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Claims like these always make me wonder. It's hard to say if celebs would even bother stealing an idea--let alone an idea like this--when they have so much already. But people are selfish and greedy--and celebs like these often get themselves into debt by being careless as well--so I guess I wouldn't put it past them. I'm definitely curious to see what happens with this one.

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