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‘Mafietta’ Author E.W. Brooks Scores Another Victory Over Damon Dash

E.W. Brooks (Photo provided by E.W. Brooks)

United States Federal Judge, the Honorable Jed Rakoff in a written decision on June 13, 2022, has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Damon Dash’s girlfriend, Raquel Horn and Dash’s company, Poppingtion LLC, seeking copyright infringement against author E.W. Brooks in the Southern District of New York.  

“The frivolous attempt of Dash’s company and Horn’s to hold Brooks liable for copyright infringement has been summarily rejected” said Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC. “To sue Ms. Brooks for using her own Mafietta movie imagery as her Mafietta book cover, was rather foolish.” Said Brown. 

In April 2021, Dash and Poppington LLC were ordered to pay author, creator, and owner of “Mafietta” E.W. Brooks, the sum of $300,000.00 for their illegal and unauthorized streaming of her film on Dame Dash Studios. Dash sought revenge in the recent lawsuit that was rejected by the Court.

“Damon Dash’s continued attempts to harm me and my family through his girlfriend and his company will not be tolerated.  Dash is the culture vulture, as he attempts to vilify African-American art without cause. I am glad the Court saw through this foolishness.  I have walked through the fire that is Damon Dash. On to bigger and better things.” Said Brooks.“Despite the actions of Damon Dash, I am proud to announce that Mafietta 2 will be filming in Atlanta, Ga from June 28-July 6, 2022. Claudia Jordan (Cocktails with Queens/Fox Soul, star of the film “Dear Frank”) and Willie Taylor of Day 26 (and the “Chocolate City” movie franchise) will star in Mafietta 2 and play the lead roles.  I will continue to make my dreams come.” Said Brooks.

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