Jay-Z and Dash Face Lawsuit for Stealing Concept Behind”State Property” by Anne Howard for Rush PR News
Los Angeles, CA (rushprnews) May 25, 2007-It seems that the storyline of “State Property” didn’t belong to Jay-Z and his long-time business partner Damon Dash after all. That is the claim made by Antonne Jones in a $15 million lawsuit filed in New York’s Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month.
Antonne Jones the author of novel “The Family: A Philadelphia Story” states that his book is the basis for the 2002 film. Jones and Jay-z were in negotiations when Jones had been offered by Jay-Z and Dash a mere $50,000for the rights of his book. Jones turned it down for being too low, much below from the requested amount of $500,000. He claimed that after his refusal, he never heard from the pair again.
According to Jones, the plot line for the movie is directly taken from his book, the hood, glory and money. He is seeking $15 million in damages from Carter, Dash and the movie’s distributors, Lions Gate.
The film took in over $2 million at the U.S. box office following its January 2002 release and was poorly received by critics and the public alike.