*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.