*If you’ve been waiting on Tyrese Gibson to portray late soul singer Teddy Pendergrass in a biopic, you can pretty much forget it.
Apparently, things have fallen apart with respect to Gibson maintaining the rights to Pendergrass’ life story.
We know that because Gibson has filed a lawsuit against Pendergrass’ widow, Joan, whom he accuses of refusing to extend the option to the story’s rights.
“Sadly things had to come to this….Another Philadelphia legend Lee Daniels is attached direct me as Teddy. This has been 13 years+ in the making this man embraced me when he was on this earth and shared to me “No one can play me in my biopic but you Tyrese I’m sure of it”…. -TP,” Tyrese said in a rambling Instagram post (see it below).
In the suit, Tyrese claims he and his production company, Voltron Entertainment, have since invested around $450,000 into the project. However, there is very little information about just where in production the film is beyond the fact that Tyrese intends to play Pendergrass. Pendergrass, an R&B icon, passed away in 2010. That’s around the same time that Tyrese claims to have begun work on the biopic.
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Meanwhile, Gibson has other legal issues to deal with. Namely, his battle with Home Depot over alleged racial discrimination. As we reported the singer/actor alleges that a cashier at one of the hardware store’s locations racially profiled two of his associates. He claims that the cashier refused to let them make a purchase using his credit card.
The problem is Home Depot is refuting the claim. The chain states that Gibson had brought several items to a register and then left them unattended to continue shopping.
The cashier in question cleared his transaction to continue serving other customers, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
In response to this, he took to Instagram to call out Home Depot’s Trump-supporting founder, Bernard Marcus.
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