Producers Sue Dame Dash, Say He Stole ‘Ultimate Hustler’ Concept

A lawsuit filed in

the Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 11 accuses Damon Dash of allegedly stealing

the premise for the hit Hip-Hop reality series “Ultimate Hustler”

from two Los Angeles producers.

The plaintiff’s, John Coleman and John Rhodes, filed the

complaint seeking monetary damages from Dash for Breach of Implied In-Fact contract

and Breach of Confidence.

The lawsuit stems from allegations that Dash stole the premise

for “Ultimate Hustler” from the plaintiff’s reality TV show

pitch entitled “Mogul,” which they registered with the Writers Guild

of America in Los Angeles in Feb. 2004.

The concept of “Mogul” puts contestants competing

against each other in a high paced Hip-Hop environment for the ultimate prize

of a top ranking executive position at a record label or artist management company.

According to the court documents, the plaintiffs considered

Dash as a potential host for “Mogul” and representatives subsequently

met with Dash in March 2004 to pitch the idea.

The plaintiffs also allege that the former Roc-A-Fella CEO was

interested in "Mogul," but stated it needed further development.

The plaintiffs agreed, but claim they instructed Dash to keep

the concept of “Mogul” confidential, which he agreed to do.

The plaintiff’s attorneys contend that Dash breached their

implied contract by airing the first season of "Ultimate Hustler"

without compensating and obtaining their clients permission.

"Ultimate Hustler" puts 16 hopeful entrepreneurs through

a series of business challenges to determine who has the best combination of

business skills and street savvy.

The winner receives a position within the Damon Dash Empire,

as well as, a 2006 Jeep Commander.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment against the Dash for general damages,

special damages, punitive damages and damages for loss of past, present and

future economic losses.

In addition to Dash, BET, Damon Dash Music Group. Dash Films

and Huck Films have all been named in the lawsuit. Click to view the first five

pages of the lawsuit.

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