Damon Dash Demands $25 Million From Lee Daniels for ‘The Butler’ and ‘The Paperboy’ (Updated)

Dash claims he’s been deprived of monetary benefits and producing credits from numerous projects

UPDATE, Thursday 7:31 p.m.: A spokeswoman for Daniels denies Dash’s claims, telling TheWrap in a statement, “The reported claims by Damon Dash that he is owed money from investments in Lee Daniels‘ films are completely without merit.”


Damon Dash says Lee Daniels has done him wrong — and he wants a bundle for it.

Dash is demanding $25 million from Daniels for alleged breach of agreements between the two pertaining to projects including “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler,” “The Woodsman” and “Precious,” according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap.

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A summons filed in New York Supreme Court on Wednesday notes that Dash is suing for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing “arising from, among other things, Defendants attempt to deprive Plaintiff of the monetary benefits and producer and executive producer credits owed to Mr. Dash as per the parties’ agreements along with any ownership rights normally conferred therewith.”

The summons also alleges unjust enrichment and conversion on Daniels’ part.

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A spokeswoman for Daniels had no comment for TheWrap.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.