Supreme Court staying out of actors Empire lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show “Empire.”The high court said Tuesday it won’t take a case involving the Fox show, which follows a black family navigating the ups and downs of the record industry. That means a decision in favour of “Empire” co-creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels stands.Actor Clayton Prince Tanksley sued in 2016, claiming that “Empire” was substantially similar to a television show he had pitched at a competition in 2008. The lawsuit said Daniels was a judge at the competition and expressed an interest in the show Tanksley called “Cream,” which involved a black record executive. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the shows weren’t substantially similar. An appeals court agreed.“Empire” debuted in 2015.The Associated Press

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