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Comedian Faces Royalty Suit Over ‘Crunk Kings’

ATLANTA (CN) - "Comics Unleashed" host Byron Allen and Entertainment Studios Home Entertainment have been accused in Federal Court of owing Mark Skeete and Skgrilla Entertainment royalties for Skeete's production work on the film "Crunk Kings," about rap group Lil' Jon and the East Side Boyz.

Allen and Skeete allegedly negotiated a distribution deal, but were never able to agree to a distribution fee. But Skeete says Allen went ahead and distributed "Crunk Kings," a direct-to-video documentary featuring the popular rap group and its 10-song soundtrack. Skeete, who operates as Skgrilla Entertainment, says he produced the film.

Deborah Mitchell, president of Allen's company, is also named as a defendant, along with Entertainment Studios Inc. and Starz Media LLC.

Cary Ichter of Adorno & Yoss represents the plaintiff.

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