Terrence Howard files a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming they used his likeness for Empire


Terrence Howard has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, 20th Century Fox, alleging they used his likeness from his 2005 film Hustle and Flow for Empire.

The 51-year-old actor claimed that the studio used his likeness from a scene from Hustle and Flow for the Empire logo, according to TMZ.

The lawsuit alleges that Howard asked the studio how they came up with the logo with its likeness, as he never sat down for a photo shoot and got the “ circulation.

Logo lawsuit: Terrence Howard has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, 20th Century Fox, alleging they used his likeness from his 2005 film Hustle and Flow for Empire

Logo lawsuit: Terrence Howard has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, 20th Century Fox, alleging they used his likeness from his 2005 film Hustle and Flow for Empire

After not getting a clear answer from the studio, Howard somehow decided that the resemblance used in the logo was from Hustle & Flow.

The logo image seemingly came from a scene where Howard’s character DJay is recording his song Hard Out Here For a Pimp in a recording studio.

‘The still image was selected, inverted (face looks left, not right) and subjected to CGI that simply distilled the cameraman’ s skillful image of the head with vivid light and shadow, ” the lawsuit claims.

Logo source: The logo image apparently came from a scene where Howard’s character DJay is recording his song Hard Out Here For a Pimp in a recording studio

Hustle & Flow was a hit at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, acquired by Paramount Pictures and released in July 2005.

Howard claims that if Fox had properly licensed the picture from Paramount, he would have been paid.

The actor is suing for unspecified damages and he also wants full accounting of Empire merchandise sold with that logo on it.

Sundance hit: Hustle & Flow was a hit at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, acquired by Paramount Pictures and released in July 2005

20th Century Fox has not commented on the lawsuit at this time, nor has Howard publicly commented on it yet.

Howard played all six seasons as Lucious Lyon in Fox’s Empire, which closed its final season in April.

The actor had previously claimed he would quit acting as soon as Empire went off air, but that changed this summer.

Not Retired: The actor had previously claimed he’d quit acting once Empire went off the air, but that changed this summer

Howard starred in and directed an hour-long television drama entitled Delta Blues, starring alongside Evan Ross, according to a Deadline July report.

The series follows the life of WC Handy, who became known as the Father of Blues, although neither Howard nor Ross will play Handy.

Howard said the script was “better than bacon,” adding, “I was done. But I’m stopping my retirement to tell this story. ‘

Star / Director: Howard would star in a one-hour TV drama titled Delta Blues, starring alongside Evan Ross, according to a July Deadline report.

Non-Retired: Howard said the script was “better than bacon,” adding, “I was done. But I’m putting my pension on hold to tell this story ‘

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