Actor and musician Tyrese Gibson, known for his role in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, is facing another legal battle, but this time, it’s not over Home Depot. Instead, it revolves around the rights to the late singer Teddy Pendergrass’s biopic. Tyrese’s production company, Voltron Entertainment, has filed a lawsuit against Teddy’s widow, Joan Pendergrass, alleging that they secured exclusive rights to Teddy’s life story in 2011 with Joan’s approval.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Tyrese contends that the agreement involved Voltron investing in projects related to Teddy Pendergrass’s life story, including a book and a movie, while Tyrese would use his celebrity status to promote these projects and honor Teddy’s legacy. Over the years, Tyrese and Voltron claim to have invested approximately $450,000 into advancing these projects, a commitment they maintained for nearly a decade.
The issue arose when, in 2022, Tyrese alleges that Joan Pendergrass unexpectedly refused to extend the option on the rights to Teddy’s life story. This change in position, Tyrese asserts, has resulted in financial harm to Voltron Entertainment. Consequently, Tyrese has initiated legal action, suing Joan both in her individual capacity and as the executor of Teddy Pendergrass’s estate, seeking a minimum of $1 million in damages.
As of now, there has been no response from Joan Pendergrass regarding the lawsuit. The legal battle underscores the complexity and disputes that can arise over intellectual property rights, especially concerning the life stories and legacies of iconic figures like Teddy Pendergrass.
Derek Chan – Editor