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Wayans brothers settle with ex-assistant over Gold Digger book


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–A settlement was reached in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a former assistant to the Wayans brothers against the joke-telling family over a humor book about women who prey upon wealthy men, court papers show.

Jared Edwards claimed in the lawsuit he filed in federal court in Los Angeles in 2009 that during the 10 years he worked as a personal assistant to Keenen, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, he came up with the idea for a joke book about women on the prowl for “sugar daddies.”

The 112-page paperback “101 Ways to Know You’re a Gold Digger,” part of the Wayans’ “101 Ways to Know…” series, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009.

No details were immediately available on the settlement, reached Monday on the eve of trial, according to the court filing. A joint stipulation to dismiss the case was filed with the court today.

Attorneys on both sides declined comment.

Edwards alleged that the Wayans and co-defendant St. Martin’s Press committed copyright infringement and breached an implied promise to pay him for use of his ideas.

He claimed he pitched the idea to the family, but the brothers rejected it before going ahead with their own version.