Teddy Pendergrass’ widow fired back at Tyrese Gibson’s lawsuit over the rights to the late singer’s biopic.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Joan Pendergrass asked a court to dismiss all claims brought by Tyrese’s production company, Voltron Entertainment.
In the suit, Tyrese said Voltron has invested $450k in the project and has worked on it for nearly a decade. Flash forward to 2022, Tyrese said Joan refused to sign paperwork to extend the deal.
Tyrese said he was cut out of a potential biopic despite investing a substantial sum of money. He sued Joan and Teddy’s estate demanding $1 million in damages.
Now, in a newly filed response, Joan denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
Joan admitted she had a deal in place with Tyrese’s company. She said the initial agreement was signed in 2011. However, Joan claimed that Voltron “subsequently” assigned its all of its rights under the Option Agreement to” Warner Bros, “thereby making Warner Bros. the successor-in-interest to Voltron with respect to the Option Agreement and Voltron no longer a party to the Option Agreement.”
Joan’s argument is Tyrese’s company assigned the rights it had to Teddy’s life story to Warner Bros in 2019. She said Voltron has no part in the deal now due to Voltron handing over the rights to Warner Bros.
“Voltron’s claims are barred because Voltron seeks to enforce an unenforceable agreement to agree,” her response read.