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50 Cent Wades Into Terrence Howard’s War With CAA Over ‘Empire’ Salary: ‘Call My Phone’

At the peak of the success of “Empire,” Terrence Howard made $325000 per episode, an alleged low-balled figure compared to white colleagues.

via: HipHopDX

50 Cent has come to Terrence Howard‘s defense in the actor’s legal battle against his own talent agency regarding his salary from Empire.

Several weeks ago, Howard sued CAA (Creative Arts Agency), claiming they prioritized the interests of themselves, the Fox network and the show’s producers above his own.

The actor and his attorney blamed the issue on a practice known as “packaging” where an agency gets paid by the studio for attaching talent to a project.

At a press conference, Howard’s lawyer James Bryant said: “Over the last several years, agencies have become much more powerful and found a much more lucrative way of making money. It’s by being the packaging agent, where you represent actors, producers, production companies and your own financial interest.”

He continued: “That’s where that fiduciary duty begins to break down. That’s why we’re here today.”

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50 Cent, who last year signed a production deal with Fox, commented on the lawsuit on social media on Thursday (January 4), offering to use his influence in the industry to help Howard.

“Damn @theterrencehoward call my phone I will get you the money they was supposed to get for you,” he wrote on Instagram. “Im not playing no games over here.”

The two worked together in 2005 on 50’s acting debut, the semi-autobiographical Get Rich or Die Tryin’, named after the rapper’s blockbuster debut album.

Terrence Howard has claimed he was being paid $325,000 per episode at Empire’s peak, but said “racism” was the reason he was being paid less than other leading men such as Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey, who each bagged around $500,000 an episode for their shows Mad Men and House of Cards respectively.




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