When someone hears the word Empire, thanks to FOX we automatically think of thier new hit series starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. But a record label of the same name claims the name was theirs first and wants the network to pay them for using it.
TMZ reports that Empire Distribution says that the show Empire has tainted their image because it is ran by a “homophobic drug dealer who is prone to murdering his friends.” The company says they will accept that and the show if FOX pays them $8 million. The price can be lowered to $5 million if they agree to give their artists some shine on the show.
FOX has reportedly fired back with a lawsuit of their own in hopes that a judge will deem these claims bogus. In their defense, the network says Empire Distribution is not very well known and that they appear on page seven of a Google search.