Mona Scott Young is in the middle of filming her newest Love & Hip Hop franchise, Love & Hip Hop LA, and the drama isn’t only happening in front of the cameras. According to TMZ, the producers behind the show have been slapped with a multi-million dollar lawsuit for copyright infringement!
According to the lawsuit documents obtained by TattleTailzz, Trisha Lum, Nickie Lum-Davis, and 8th Wonder Entertainment are suing Mona, VH1, and Viacom for $50 million, alleging that Mona and VH1 execs stole the idea for a show featuring hip hop wives after they approached the team in 2009 with a project called Hip Hop Wives.
The project was allegedly set to star industry wives Tashera Simmons (DMX’s wife), Chrissy Lampkin (Jim Jones’ fianceé), Mashonda Tifere (Swizz Beats’s ex-wife), and Debbie Lorenzo (Irv Gotti’s ex-wife). VH1 was said to be in the middle of negotiations, when for no reason, Chrissy — whose manager just so happened to be Mona — dropped out.
Two months after Chrissy exited the project, TMZ claims VH1 decided that they would not go through with the Hip Hop Wives because it was too similar to Basketball Wives. In March 2011, the network launched their new Love & Hip Hop show — starring Chrissy and Mashonda.
VH1, Mona, and her production company, Monami, have yet to comment on the lawsuit since it was filed on March 10.
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