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Ex-Hells Angel:

'Sons of Anarchy' Was

MY Idea!

6/15/2010 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A motorcycle war has broken out over the hit FX show "Sons of Anarchy" -- because the former NYC chapter head of the "Hells Angels" claims the network jacked his idea and screwed him out of millions.

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TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by Chuck Zito -- in which the bike gang member-turned-actor claims he developed an idea for a show about an "outlaw motorcycle club" back in 1998 and pitched it to FX in 2004.

In the docs, Zito claims he entered into an "implied-in-fact contract" with FX which guaranteed if they used his ideas for a TV show, Zito would be "reasonably compensated and afforded appropriate screen credits." Zito claims FX eventually passed on the project.

So when FX began developing "Sons of Anarchy" in 2006 -- Zito was pissed ... claiming "Sons" was "substantially similar" to his motorcycle show idea.

Now, Zito claims FX is obligated to pay him more than $5,000,000 for breaking the "implied-in-fact" contract.

FX had no comment on the lawsuit.

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136.

frenchy    

I lived and worked with the winston angels back in 92...tellin my friends back home about our(times). They look at me like I just described an epasode of SOA only alot more of it....if they only knew, RIP bros I never had the chance to even come close to patch but I knew what it ment and cost. I wish I could go back,,,Id have a patch ....young..dumb...let a chick talk me in to pussin out,mabe next time. Angels Forever

878 days ago
137.

liquid kitty    

And the judge dismisses Ziti's baseless claim against FX and Kurt Sutter.

853 days ago
138.

Roberto    

great news !

720 days ago
139.

Susan Lockwood    

I really hope you get what. Is yours and the money that surely to come your way.

287 days ago
140.

Clutch    

Why is it not mentioned that Chuck Zito had a small part on Sons of Anarchy last season.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0957257/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Maybe he was dissatisfied with his character's being written off or the fact that he didn't get much screen time.

169 days ago
141.

NickN    

Ex Hell's Angel? Aren't they dead Hell's Angels?

168 days ago
142.

REALbarbwire7    

Then why was he on the show? That doesn't make sense. He was on for quite a while!

168 days ago
143.

DOLOMITE CREED    

Give chucky his money "punks"!

165 days ago
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