Ron, author of the book and script Bigger than Big, is currently suing Rupert Murdoch, American television network Fox Broadcasting, Empire, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Terrence Howard, and Malcolm Spellman for copyright infringement and plagiarism, according to the suit filed last April in California (15). Ron alleges he met once with Terrence to “to discuss Ron’s life story in the book Bigger than Big,” the suit claims.

Empire is a drama television series which is based in New York and centres on an entertainment firm and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. The show stars Terrence as Lucious Lyon, a former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul, and Taraji P. Henson as Lucious' ex-wife Cookie Lyon.

In the $1 billion suit, Ron alleges the Empire team stole his story and outlines the similarities between the plots point by point. Some are minor - such as that Lucious Lyon and Ron both wear the “same style” of coats, and that Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie and Ron’s wife “China Doll” have the “same look” in a hat.

Others seem a bit more significant, such as Lucious allegedly killing four drug dealers “back in the day”, and four drug dealers being killed in Chapter 7 of Bigger than Big.

Now, according to TMZ.com, Ron has taken another hit at Empire by making a reality version of the show.

Ron's show, titled The Newt Empire, follows the former pimp and his family of music hopefuls as they try to get their break in the industry.

Based on the promo reel, it seems Ron also sets out to repair relationships he's had over the years.

Ron's case is ongoing. However, it is not the first lawsuit to be launched against Empire.

Earlier this month (Mar16), a federal judge dismissed a $600 million (£424.6 million) lawsuit against Empire, after Romanus Castro alleged that the series had stolen ideas from his screenplay, The Summit of Beauty of Love.

Daniels is also facing a suit from Clayton Tanksley, who once appeared on The Cosby Show. He launched legal action against Daniels in January (16), alleging he stole the idea for the hit drama from a show he created, called Cream, which he pitched to the filmmaker and a panel of judges during a Greater Philadelphia Film Office event in 2008.