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Lil Wayne sues over Lil Wayne documentary - again

Published September 11, 2012 9:40 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

If Lil Wayne wanted people to forget "The Carter," the documentary about him that debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and then promptly disappeared from public view, he's going about it in a weird way.

The movie angered Lil Wayne because it showed him drinking "cough syrup" and smoking marijuana. Lil Wayne claimed he only agreed to being filmed because he was promised final cut, and that didn't happen.

Before the movie debuted at Sundance, Wayne sued to try to get the movie removed from the festival line-up, calling it a "scandalous portrayal" that defamed him. A judge threw out that lawsuit.

Now, according to Spin magazine's website, Wayne is suing the producers and director Quincy Jones III, claiming that they used his music without permission — namely, songs from his album "Tha Carter III," which he was recording while the film was being made.

The question will hinge on what papers were signed by whom, so expect to see a few lawyers to be the only people to make money off a movie that very few people have ever seen.