Basketball legend SHAQUILLE O'NEAL is at the centre of a $5 million (£3.5 million) lawsuit over his SHAQ VS. sports show amid accusations the concept was stolen.
Author Todd Gallagher filed suit at Los Angeles' District Court on Tuesday (060ct09) alleging bosses at his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, agreed to turn his book, Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan, into a TV series last year (08).
Gallagher claims he was then pushed out of the project, which went ahead with another William Morris client - O'Neal.
The writer's legal team wrote to William Morris executives to discuss a settlement, threatening legal action if the meeting didn't happen before O'Neal's show aired in August (09).
William Morris bosses refused to negotiate with Gallagher - and he is now suing for $5 million in damages, according to TMZ.com.