Aaron McGruder and Adult Swim Sued For Millions Over 'Black Jesus'
Ahead of the critically-acclaimed show's third season, Aaron McGruder's Black Jesus has been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The plaintiff, Brooklyn-born-and-based author, Saint Soloman, alleges uncanny similarities between the Adult Swim program and his 1999 short story, Thank You, Jesus.
According to TMZ, Soloman claims that McGruder's show continues the narrative he began for a homeless, drunk and black Jesus living on the street 15 years down the line. The suit mentions that another character, presumably "Boonie" (portrayed by Corey Holcomb,) also bears resemblance to one of Soloman's get-rich-quick allies of Jesus. Soloman's suing for a wild $75 million in damages, but it is curious that he's waited this long (three years and two seasons into the show's syndication) to file. Earlier this year, Amazon announced that McGruder will be at the helm of a new show to be distributed by their video streaming platform, produced by Straight Outta Compton's Will Packer.
Though the decimal points of the deal have yet to be disclosed, it's not hard to see why Soloman might have waited this long to file the suit. Stay tuned for updates on the case as they arrive. As for that much-anticipated third season of Black Jesus, no premiere date has been announced just yet.