Black Hand CEO, Charles “Chaz” Williams has filed a five million dollar ($5,000,000) lawsuit against BET Networks for tortious interference, defamation, and unfair business practice. The lawsuit, filed in Queens County, Supreme Court on September 24, 2014 is based on BET’s action in including Mr. Williams in a feature on its website under the title “INFAMOUS MUSIC MANAGERS”. Mr. Williams was named alongside other music managers including Pebbles, Jerry Heller, Lou Pearlman, Chris Stokes, Maurice Starr, and others. The story went on to state, “in 2003, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson accused him of participating in a 2000 shooting that almost killed the rap star.” Something to which Mr. Williams has never been legally implicated, charged, or convicted.
Mr. Williams alleged that BET acted with reckless, negligent, and malicious intent by printing unsubstantiated and false information about a criminal offense involving the attempt murder of 50 Cent. Mr. Williams stated, “I absolutely had nothing to do with the 50 Cent shooting. I have never been charged with or convicted of any offense against 50. There is no evidence or legal documentation in any federal or state court, nothing presented to a grand jury, or in any law enforcement file that support’s BET’s article…”
In the state lawsuit, it is also alleged that BET acted in retaliation for an earlier $20.5 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2013, against BET, A&E Networks, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, and Best Buy. That lawsuit is based on the unauthorized use of material Mr. Williams registered for copyright with the Library of Congress in 1999 and which BET incorporated in an episode of its American Gangster series featuring Mr. Williams, (CHAZ WILLIAMS, ARMED & DANGEROUS), and later distributed, licensed, and sold by the others named in the lawsuit. The copyright was filed by Mr. Williams just prior to a one (1) year story rights option film deal with Roc-A-Fella Films, a company once owned by Jay Z and Dame Dash. Mr. Williams went on to state, “…this is an ongoing thing with BET, another example of big business flexing and profiting off someone’s story without proper compensation. I’ve had issues with them in the past and they don’t stop. But let’s be clear, 50 Cent has never implicated me in any criminal activity in any court of law or to any law enforcement; to say otherwise, is irresponsible reporting on BET’s part.”
Mr. Williams and BET are scheduled to appear in both federal and state court in December
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