News

Richard Pryor’s son threatens to sue to stop biopic

Richard Pryor’s son threatens to sue to stop biopic

RICHARD PRYOR: The comedian, seen here in 1993, died in 2005. Photo: Associated Press

Richard Pryor’s son has threatened legal action in a bid to block production on Lee Daniels’ new movie about the famous funnyman.

Lawyers representing Richard Pryor, Jr. have sent a cease and desist letter to the star’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor, who is contributing to the film biopic, urging her to stop work on the project amid a dispute over name rights.

In the letter, obtained by TMZ.com, the star’s son accuses his stepmother of using “illegal, fraudulent” activity to obtain the rights to her husband’s name. He is also reportedly threatening to take legal action if the biopic moves forward.

Rapper/actor Nick Cannon has been linked to the lead role in the movie.

Pryor died in 2005 at 65 after suffering a heart attack. He spent years battling multiple sclerosis prior to his death.

Latest Stories

in Viral Videos

Watch this reporter confront the woman accused of stealing his identity

Fresh
14-overlay19

An accused credit card thief picked the wrong guy when she used a credit card number belonging to Texas consumer affairs reporter Steve Noviello.

in Sports

NBA in Africa? ‘Stay tuned,’ for regular-season game

nbaallstar

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as Chris Paul and others prepare to play the league's first exhibition on the continent.

in Sports

Boston’s bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

bostonredsox

After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians.