Jennifer Lopez, NBC, and Debbie Allen are defendants in a lawsuit filed by a man who claims they stole his idea for a dance competition which was later used for "World of Dance." He is suing them for $6.5 million for copyright violation.
Jennifer Lopez is facing a $.6.5 million lawsuit for copyright infringement.
According to the Blast, a man named Alvin Gray-El is suing Lopez, along with NBC and choreographer Debbie Allen for the idea for the show “World of Dance” which he claims he first pitched to Allen.
Gray-El is demanding payback for his idea which he faxed to Allen in 2009. He said he reached out to the “Grey’s Anatomy” star with a concept for the show, “Let’s Start the Dance,” to see if she would be interested in producing it. Allen did not respond to his proposal.
He later discovered that the same concept was used on Lopez’s show, “World of Dance” which began airing in 2017. He claims he owns the idea since he filed for its copyright in 2010.
Shortly after learning of NBC’s dance show, he contacted the network informing it of copyright infringement but he never got a response.
Allen is in no way connected to the televised dance competition so it’s unclear how Gray-El concluded his idea may have spawned the show. Regardless, he is looking for a huge payday to the tune of $5 million in actual damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.
Lopez has yet to respond to Gray-El’s lawsuit but a source connected to her reportedly told TMZ that the idea for “World of Dance” had been around for years and it was NBC that pitched it to her.
She currently sits as the show’s executive producer as well as one of its judges. She is joined in the panel by Ne-Yo and Derek Hough while Scott Evans hosts.
In a recent episode of the show, the multi-faceted star dazzled the audience wearing a latex neon dress that showcased her fabulous curves. She also held back tears speaking to one of the show’s junior contestants. The young girl named Naia had selective mutism and wanted to say hi to her. Jennifer obliged and fought her tears as she lauded the girl for her bravery.