Lee Daniels is honored with the Patron of the Artist Awards during the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Lee Daniels is honored with the Patron of the Artist Awards during the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Some man from Philadelphia has come out the woodwork to claim that Fox’s “Empire” is based on a show that he created and copyrighted 10 years ago.

Clayton Tanksley, an actor who once played a character on “The Cosby Show,” says Lee Daniels stole the idea from him during a 2008 film event.

Tanksley, who goes by the name Clayton Prince, says he participated in a “Philly Pitch” event. Afterward, Tanksley claims he privately pitched his idea to Daniels and gave him scripts and DVDs with episodes.

The suit, filed Friday, names Daniels, co-creator Danny Strong, 21st Century Fox, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the film office’s director, Sharon Pinkenson.