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Damon Dash Runs Up on Lee Daniels at a Diana Ross Concert Asking for Money He’s Owed

Stunt queen Damon Dash is suing Lee Daniels for money he’s owed to help Daniels, who is gay, make his first film. But Dash was not content to just serve papers. Dash confronted Daniels at a Diana Ross concert and then posted the video on Instagram, tagging People Magazine, Oprah, Halle Berry and TMZ.

I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director…it was the money I was using to fund my movies and stay Indy…he promised I get my money back in months…then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me…then then Butler…empire…same shit Why does this dude feel like he doesn’t have to pay me?…why do I have to look crazy to get my money back…or go to court…ask @theoriginalbigdaddy why he doesn’t feel like he has to pay me even though he has it…what type of shit is this.. #paywhatyouowe I’m going to put this whole thing on my ig tv in a few… true definition of a culture vulture @culturevultures_book …eats off the culture but Robs the culture at the same time… see you back in court Lee your gonna pay me what you owe…please everyone ask him way he doesn’t think he has to pay me… @tmz_tv @vanlathan @theshaderoom @deadline @worldstar @voguemagazine @people @pagesix @oprah @halleberry

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“I straight up loaned this dude Lee Daniels @theoriginalbigdaddy 2 million to pay for his dream of being a director,” Dash wrote. “It was the money I was using to fund my movies and stay Indy…he promised I get my money back in months…then he makes precious and goes missing so he doesn’t have to pay me…then then Butler…empire…same shit Why does this dude feel like he doesn’t have to pay me?”

According to TMZ, Dash is suing for $5 million. Dash previously sued Daniels for $2 million for an alleged loan he never got back.

Of course, Dash’s criticisms of Daniels come after years of Oscar winner Mo’Nique criticizing Daniels for blackballing her from Hollywood after winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in Daniels’ Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

Mo’Nique went on both The View and The Breakfast Club earlier this year to talk about her beef with Netflix, though she also did talk about her ongoing clash with Daniels, who she says made sure she lost out on some coin after she refused to work for free to promote Precious.

Several people online have pointed out the hypocrisy of listening to Dash while ignoring Mo’Nique.

Maybe Mo’Nique just needed to make her point at a Diana Ross concert … or maybe we just don’t listen to black women.


Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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