Can you imagine ‘Empire’ without Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon?
According to details of a new lawsuit, it almost happened.
Read excerpts via NY Daily News:
The “Empire” star’s former management company, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, filed a formal complaint alleging the actor owes them $250,000 after they helped save his job on the show, according to People.
The complaint, obtained by the magazine, says the company “intervened with the Los Angeles-based executives of Imagine and effectively saved Howard’s job on ‘Empire’ by convincing those executives not to terminate Howard from the show.”
The document offers no insight as to why Howard’s position on the show was at risk. According to the complaint, Howard signed with Authentic in the summer of 2013 and ended his agreement with them only a year later. However, the management company claims they played an “integral part” in getting him his role on the hit Fox show.
The complaint by Authentic further states Howard acknowledged his contractual obligation to pay the company 10 percent of any revenue he received by way of jobs found by the company.
The management company says the 47-year-old actor has failed to make those payments “despite having received millions of dollars from ‘Empire’ and despite being in a position to receive millions more,” the complaint reads.
According to People, Howard made payments over the course of the last two years during the first and second seasons of “Empire,” but he stopped doing so in March.