Another day, another lawsuit. Mona Scott-Young, one of the executive producer’s behind the Love & Hip Hop franchise is being hit with a pretty hefty lawsuit. 8th Wonder Entertainment, Nicki Lum-Davis and Trisha Lum are suing Mona’s production company, Monami, for $50 million dollars. VH1 and Viacom are also named.
We’ve combed through the court documents, compliments of Tattle Tailzz, and in short, the lawsuit centers copyright infringement , fraud, and breach of contract, breach of confidence for the idea of “Love & Hip Hop” reality show.
According to court documents, the original show was called ‘Hip Hop Wives‘. Similar to shows like Basketball Wives and the Real Housewives franchises, the show would focus on the women associated with hip hop stars and rappers. The initial cast members included Tashera Simmons (the now ex-wife of DMX), Chrissy Lampkin (fiance of rapper Jim Jones), Mashonda Tifere (the now ex-wife of producer Swizz Beatz) and Debbie Lorenzo (the new ex-wife of Irv Gotti).
The plaintiff claims that Mona, Vh1 and all parties involved in their initial pitch meeting stole their concept and created the Love & Hip Hop franchise, which as we know became an instant success. They claim that before their project was greenlit, Chrissy pulled out of their agreement, joining forces with Mona and Vh1. The lawsuit was filed Monday March 10th, 2014. To date, there has been no official response and while in litigation it’s highly unlikely that anyone involved will make public comment. Click here to read the court documents. Story developing.