Earlier this week news leaked that Mona Scott-Young, VH1, Viacom and a host of others were named in a $50 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise. According to the filed lawsuit, production company 8th Wonder Entertainment insist that the wildly popular franchise was initially their idea and that they submitted a script for an eerily similar show starring Chrissy Lampkin, Tashera Simmons and Mashonda Tifere.
“Love & Hip Hop” visionary Mona Scott-Young has since responded to the lawsuit and interestingly, she’s saying that she hasn’t actually been served with any legal documents regarding the complaint as of yet.
“Well, the one thing that I will say is that I read about it on the blogs just like everyone else did,” Mona told Sway Calloway during a recent chat with “RapFixLive.” “So it seems like the only people they’ve served are TMZ and Bossip. I haven’t been served anything!”
She did however, express that she does believe that the lawsuit is legit, as the paperwork that has been floating around the Internet looks pretty official.
“I have to assume there’s some basis to this because these are all very legal-looking documents,” she continued.
As for the actual complaints made in the lawsuit, Mona thinks the plaintiffs claims are a bit questionable.
“Listen, the show’s been on for six years. And I just have to wonder did you just wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I just remembered, I did that show and she stole it from me!’ The beauty about the United States of America, the country we live in, is that anyone can sue for anything.”
The music industry vet doesn’t seem to be too worried about the lawsuit though, as she jokes that the suit must be a sign that she’s reached a certain level of success.
“From what I hear, you’re nobody until somebody sues you. I don’t know, I guess I’ve made it. The truth will prevail. That’s all I have to say.”
While she doesn’t doubt that 8th Wonder Entertainment may have very well been working on a similar show, she argues that this doesn’t actually mean that she swiped it from them.
“So many times there are paralleled shows being developed within a network—and then, may the best cast prevail. But the thing is, it’s a reality show. I didn’t create these people because I didn’t give birth to them. All I did was shine a camera on a segment of the population that I knew well, that I come from. I have 20+ years in hip hop. You know what I’m saying? You can’t create a reality show. It’s reality!”
Due to legal reasons, Mona says she can’t really discuss the lawsuit the way she would like to, but she promised to explain it all once everything gets squared away.
Well, I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned until then.
Watch Mona’s interview on the next page. Were you surprised by the lawsuit?