Jennifer Lynn Lopez has been sued by a man Alvin Gray-El for stealing the idea for her hit dance competition show World of Dance for the TV show.
Alvin Gray-El reportedly filed a federal lawsuit this week against J.Lo, NBC and famed choreographer Debbie Allen for pitched the idea for competition series 10 years ago and is looking to get paid the revenue he’s insisting he’s been denied.
Gray-El is suing Lopez, 49, for $6.5 million dollars in damages. In court documents obtained by The Blast, Gray-El claims he came up with the idea for a show called “Let’s Start the Dance” back in 2009. He claims to have faxed a letter to Debbie Allen and her production company in an effort to see if she was interested in producing the show.
Gray-El is asking for $5 million in actual damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.Allen is in no way connected to World of Dance, which airs on NBC, but she is also being sued by Gray-el along with J Lo
But a source told Page Six on Tuesday that Jennifer Lopez didn’t come up with the idea herself. He went on to explain that“ World of Dance” began as an organization that existed prior to the show’s creation and that NBC brought the idea to Lopez.
The reality series aired its first episode on 2017 and is currently airing season three on Sunday nights. Gray-El claims he had the show registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2010. Seven years later, he claims he discovered “World of Dance” was in production at NBC. He also claims he attempted to contact the peacock network to notify honchos of copyright infringement but never heard back.
Lopez and Allen have yet to respond to the lawsuit, as actress Jenna Dewan served as the show’s host for the first two seasons and was replaced for season three by Scott Evans