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,” 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.
Mo’Nique: Lee Daniels eats off the culture and robs it at the same time.
Y’all: No one likes you! Shut up & take what you get.
Dame Dash: Lee Daniels eats off the culture and robs it at the same time.
Y’all: oh wow. Lee Daniels is a snake.
— Where The Money Resides, Esq. (@DapperDanyellah) June 26, 2018
Lee Daniels needed money to film Precious, so he borrowed $2M from Dame Dash
Lee Daniels Asked Mo’Nique as a friend to Star In his movie for $50K
Precious earns $63m
Dame is NOT paid back his $2m
Mo’Nique is BLACKLISTED after asking for more money to promote the film overseas
— PrometheusRisesForever (@prometheus50K) June 26, 2018
Maybe Mo’Nique just needed to make her point at a Diana Ross concert … or maybe we just don’t listen to black women.