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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.


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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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

1036 days ago

liquid kitty    

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

1010 days ago


great news !

878 days ago

Susan Lockwood    

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

444 days ago


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

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

326 days ago


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

326 days ago


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

326 days ago


Give chucky his money "punks"!

322 days ago


How does one get to be an EX HA member? I always thought they were in it for life.

70 days ago
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