In Living Color’s Keenen Ivory Wayans has slapped his old friend Meteor Man’s Robert Townsend and his old network, Fox Broadcasting, with a lawsuit charging breach of contract and negligence. Wayans is claiming that Townsend lifted a skit — ”The Bold, the Black, the Beautiful” — from HBO’s Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime, a 1987 special cowritten by the duo, and used it in his short-lived Fox show, Townsend Television. The disgruntled star is seeking damages of more than $1 million.
In a real-life family feud, producer Ilya Salkind (Superman) is suing his dad, Alexander Salkind (and Dad’s production company), charging, among other things, breach of contract and conspiracy to defraud. The younger Salkind says that his wife, Jane Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin, lent his father $6.7 million to make Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and that the loan was never repaid. The suit seeks $10 million plus punitive damages.