Steve Harvey Wins in Court
Steve Harvey can officially breathe a sigh of relief. The comedian and talk show host’s legal battle over unreleased comedy tapes has officially come to an end. On Thursday, he and his lawyers convinced a jury that he didn’t breach contract with a man named Joseph Cooper, who was hired back in 1993 to tape performances of Harvey at a Dallas club. Cooper has also been found of misappropriating Harvey’s name or likeness in attempting to commercially exploit the tapes.
As previously reported, Cooper demanded $50 million after Harvey got in the way of the videographer’s attempt to release highlights of footage that he had. Harvey and his lawyers believed that the material was shot for internal use and that Cooper was attempting to extort him by telling others there’s potentially embarrassing material on the tapes. According to one report, on one of the tapes Harvey told his audience,
Go assault old white women.
The jury found that Cooper hadn’t proved that he and Harvey entered into a valid contract.