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‘You Didn’t Invite Me To 'Precious:'’ Damon Dash Sues Lee Daniels

Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and Stacey Dash’s cousin, posted a video of his argument with filmmaker Lee Daniels — and is now suing.

By Samira Sadeque

Damon Dash wants Lee Daniels to acknowledge that he “did wrong” — and is now suing him for allegedly not keeping his word regarding a movie producer credit and repaying a loan.

Dash reportedly lashed out at Daniels at a Diana Ross show at the Hollywood Bowl last week — and Daniels seemingly admitted his guilt, reported TMZ.

Daniels had reportedly promised to take Dash on as an Executive Producer for a Richard Pryor biopic, offering him five percent from his backend profits, according to TMZ.

Dash is now suing Daniels for $5 million. He took to Instagram on Tuesday to further voice his complaints, posting a video of their heated discussion. Dash appears to be pressing the issue while Daniels, covered in a blue blanket, looks like he’s trying to maintain composure, as shown in the screenshot of the video.

“See you back in court Lee your gonna pay me what you owe,” wrote Dash under his video post of the encounter where Lee appears to say “I know I’m wrong.” “I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director.”

In the video, Dash urges Daniel to “tell all these people how you’ve wronged me,” bringing up how Daniels didn’t invite him to “‘Precious’ or any of that sh*t.”

This is not the first time Dash has gone after the filmmaker: they’ve been litigating credit and cash for years.

In 2014, Dash sued Daniels for $25 million after Daniels abandoned a deal with Dash to invest in numerous films by Daniels, such as The Butler (2013), The Paperboy (2012), Precious (2009), and The Woodsman (2004) according to TMZ. Daniels also reportedly failed to pay back the $2 million Dash loaned him for the production of The Woodsman.

Daniels had apparently left Dash out from executive producer and producer credits in those films as well, the entertainment website further reported.

Daniels’ lawyer had said the claims were “completely without merit”, according to TMZ. The lawsuit was eventually settled in 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Pryor biopic “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” has been embroiled in its own drama. In May 2016, Daniels left the directing gig, according to Variety, only to return to direct it in October of the same year, with Jay Z on board as producer.

The biopic was supposed to be produced with The Weinstein Company, which came under national focus last year following numerous allegations of sexual abuse from women across Hollywood against the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The biopic still has no release date, according to IMDB.

You can watch the full Instagram video here.

[Photo: Damon Dash and Lee Daniels in 2006. Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage via Getty Images]