It looks like Vivica A. Fox might need to save some dollar bills for her lawyer instead of the strip club because she is being sued by her former business partner, Jean-Claude LaMarre. He accused the actress of slandering their male stripper revue, and of trying to steal dancers from the show for her own revue.
The lawsuit was filed Monday and accused Fox of trying to defame the reputation, business, and emotional well-being of LaMarre. According to the lawsuit, LaMarre came up with the idea and launched an all-black male revue called Black Magic Live, and Fox “employed a concerted effort of defamation, humiliation, and misrepresentation to steal talent from it, and to confuse Black Magic Live’s audience, providing the public with false statements that Fox’s copycat dance venture was, in fact, the real ‘Black Magic Live’ dance revue.”
Their feud started this past January when Lifetime approached Fox to star in a reality series based on the review, with Fox acting as the owner of the business. The show was called “Vivica’s Black Magic,” and got off to a good start until Fox did a radio interview with The Breakfast Club, during which she “emphatically stated that gay men would not be welcome at Black Magic Live shows, a position widely reported in the media as homophobic. As a result of Fox’s comments, the LGBT community organized and called for a boycott of the television series and live shows.”
LaMarre was the show’s executive producer and distanced himself from Fox, saying that “all are welcome.” This incident caused a split between them, and the two started their own rival touring shows. The lawsuit alleges that Fox didn’t wait long before she “secretly began planning to start her own male revue business, ‘Xplicit Minds.’ Fox recruited four of the five Black Magic Live dancers from the television series.”
The suit alleges that Fox “began a campaign of defamation against LaMarre, telling the dancers that LaMarre didn’t care about them, was exploiting them, and taking advantage of them, and now that they were on the brink of celebrity, they no longer needed LaMarre. Fox also began advertising her Xplicit Minds shows as dancers ‘from Vivica’s Black Magic.'”
LaMarre is seeking unspecified damages for alleged libel, slander, and other counts.