*Two producers are suing the folks behind VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” claiming the reality show was based on an idea they pitched several years ago.
According to TMZ, Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the lawsuit against Viacom’s VH1 and MTV, claiming they pitched the idea in 2009, and thought they had a deal to make their show, called “Hip Hop Wives.”
According to the lawsuit, the show was supposed to star current and former flames of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti and Jim Jones, but VH1 execs cooled on the idea, saying they didn’t want a show that would compete with its other reality series, “Basketball Wives.”
The Lums say that in fact, VH1 used “Hip Hop Wives” as the template for “Love & Hip Hop.”
They are suing for copyright infringement and seek an eight-figure judgment.