Author Who Won $300ok Lawsuit Against Damon Dash Releases Tell-All Book About Dash’s Shady Business Practices

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Damon Dash can’t catch a break by way of the mounting monetary bother he has discovered himself in all through the previous few years. Dash has had a public fallout with Lee Daniels over a monetary mortgage. His authorized battle along with his ex-wife Rachel Roy, and one other mom of his baby for baby help retains him within the information and he not too long ago was ordered to pay $300,000 to an creator who sued him for copyright infringement. Now, the creator, Edwyna Brooks, is explaining her street to victory in a brand new tell-all ebook.

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Edwyna Brooks sues Damon Dash for making an attempt to launch a movie they labored on collectively after she fired him

Brooks and Dash went into business collectively when she employed him to assist transition her standard four-part Mafietta ebook sequence to movie. Dash was employed because the movie’s director. She fired him after she discovered his work to be unsatisfactory and claimed that Dash was losing money and time meant for the manufacturing of their movie on his private tasks.

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Despite being fired, Brooks says that Dash continued to advertise the movie. She claimed that Dash tried to have the movie launched on iTunes and have it out there for on-line streaming on his movie firm’s web site. A trailer was even launched for the movie and posted to Dash’s web site.

Brooks determined to sue Dash for copyright infringement in 2019. A choose dominated in Brooks’s favor and he or she was awarded $300,000. The choose berated Dash for his habits in court docket in the course of the trial, calling him out for being disruptive and talking when he was not advised to. Dash has filed an enchantment.

Edwyna Brooks talks about Damon Dash’s alleged shady business practices in a brand new interview and a tell-all ebook

Brooks spoke with The Shade Room about her contentious struggle with Dash. She met Dash when she attended a seminar he gave in North Carolina and pitched her movie concept to him. At the time, she’d heard of Dash’s earlier authorized bother and advised the outlet that Dash didn’t have the perfect status, however that she thought he was turning over a brand new leaf and needed to provide him a shot. She’d additionally pitched the movie concept a number of occasions earlier than with no luck and was excited that Dash was .

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According to Brooks, there have been pink flags from the start and knew that issues wouldn’t finish properly she confirmed as much as set on what was presupposed to be their first day of filming to find Dash engaged on one other mission.

“I arrived to set on the first day and he was filming a music video without telling me,” she mentioned. “It was not something he ever discussed with me and threw off my entire schedule for the shoot causing rewrites for the two days that followed.”

Looking again, she says that Dash was shady in his business practices from the start. She says filming started earlier than an precise authorized contract was drawn up.

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“I have learned to never begin any project based on someone’s word. I don’t care if it’s writing on a project or filming one. Nothing matters if it isn’t on paper,” she mentioned. “Feelings change and so do motives as you can see in my case and having Damon read my contract and agree to sign it was not enough. I should not have spent one dime until he actually signed it.”

She additionally urges others to watch out when contemplating going into business with Dash. For now, Brooks’s new ebook, Brooks vs. Dash: The Unauthorized Taking of Mafietta, reveals all about her 14-month authorized battle with the mogul. It’s at present out there for buy on her web site.

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