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Fugees Rapper Sues

Director Is Holding My

Pirate Flick Hostage

12/2/2012 4:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1127_pras_gettyFugees rapper Pras Michel's movie about being held hostage by Somali pirates is being held hostage -- by the film's director ... this according to a new lawsuit filed by Pras.

According to legal docs filed Monday, Pras hired Marshall Tyler back in 2009 to direct a documentary film called "Paper Dreams"-- about the rapper's real-life, death-defying incident with pirates off the East African coast.

In the suit, Pras claims he was "taken captive" by Somali pirates sometime in 2009 -- however multiple reports say Pras, and his film crew, merely witnessed the famous capture of the Maersk Alabama in April 2009.

According to his lawsuit, Pras says he put up $70k of his own money to cover filming and travel expenses --but says after the footage was shot, Marshall failed to hand it over.

Pras claims he's repeatedly asked for the goods, but never heard a word back. Now he's suing to get the footage ... or at least recover his 70 grand, plus damages.

A rep for Marshall says, "Pras is trying to assert ownership on material that Marshall owns the copyright to."

A judge has yet to rule.

9 COMMENTS

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1.

NOT ELMO    

shave your face...

501 days ago
2.

3Storms    

Sounds like the director pulled a Thomas Edison and copyrighted Pras's work and ideas first to take it right underneath him

501 days ago
3.

tranceman    

Why do people wear wool hats....indoors??????

500 days ago
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iivbeehughes    

I KNOW THE FEELING

500 days ago
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iivbeehughes    

Copy rights go to the producer unless sold,one can`t legally steal them

500 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

And this crap is about 35 years late and called "Unwatchable" - My Life of what Was Was".

500 days ago
7.

campy    

Somali pirates? Yo man, they moved and live over on Crenshaw now.

500 days ago
8.

Los Pepes    

I think people who wear snow hats when not needed look stupid

499 days ago

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