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Richard Pryor Jr.

Fires off Legal Threat ...

I'll Sue if Stepmom Goes Forward with Biopic

7/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Pryor Movie Rights
Richard Pyror
was dying and mentally incapacitated when his wife duped him into signing over the rights to his name ... so claims Pryor's son, who's trying to shut down a movie about his dad.

Richard Pryor Jr. has fired off a cease and desist letter to Jennifer Lee Pryor, demanding she stop production of the Lee Daniels directed biopic immediately.

TMZ obtained a copy of the letter in which Richard Jr. accuses Jennifer of using "illegal, fraudulent" activity to get the rights. The document isn't more specific about the alleged fraud.

Richard Jr.'s lawyer tells us her client believes Pryor was in poor mental and physical health when he signed over the rights in 2005.  Pryor died in December of that year.

Jennifer has been battling Pryor's children over the film -- including who should play Pryor.

Richard Jr. is threatening legal action if the movie goes forward. We reached out to Jennifer for comment ... so far no word back.

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1.

Unbroken Chain    

Moron. You can't stop it. Your dad was a public figure

64 days ago
2.

realjoshua    

First....

64 days ago
3.

Bridget    

Is he mad about a lie that she is putting in the movie, or is he mad he isn't getting paid? Sorry, I'm so sick of hearing about this movie already, I haven't read the past few articles.

64 days ago
4.

Anna    

All these wicked stepmoms. smh

64 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Oh Little Richard give it a rest. It sounds like the movie is being made well. It's being made for the big screen, has an Oscar winning director and big name actors are being considered for the part of Richard. Oh wait. None of that has anything to do with HIM making money.

64 days ago
6.

Reginaphalange    

Let it go jeez

64 days ago
7.

01void    

It always comes down to the almighty dollar and to bad so sad he's not getting any.

64 days ago
8.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

He's threatening and hasn't filed it because he knows he has no grounds and cannot prove that Richard's widow did anything. The real issue here is MONEY. The son wants it and he also wants fame. The sad thing is that none of Richard's children had the greatest relationship with their dad. And unfortunately, they blame his widow for that.

64 days ago
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STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO    

Please not nick cannon, he has no talent.

64 days ago
10.

So Nasty So Rude    

People please stop make the movie or not stop this public family drama.. #notagoodlook

64 days ago
11.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

He should block Daniels from putting his name in the movie title as well.

64 days ago
12.

porkchop    

These 'kids' need to realize that other people had relationships with their famous parents and therefore have every right to tell their story.

64 days ago
13.

Sexy Stig    

Jr should be honored that Lee Daniels is part of the biopic and he should be supportive not act like some spoiled, arrogant, little brat.

64 days ago
14.

stringbender    

If it's going to be a funny black actor Tracey Morgan came to mind right away. He is one funny man. I can totally see Dave Chapelle pulling this off as well. I didn't even know Richard Pryor was dead but that sucks. I enjoyed his movies. The son trying to stop a movie about his father seems disrespectful to his legacy.

64 days ago
15.

nilescaldwell    

If Jennifer was legally married to your dad and he signed a contract there's nothing you can do. Wife trumps kids. Get over it.

64 days ago
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