No Laughing Matter: Wayans Bros. Sued Over Book

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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No Laughing Matter: Wayans Bros. Sued Over Book

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Actors and brothers Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Marlon Wayans.

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A former assistant to the Wayans Brothers has sued the comedy team for unspecified damages, saying they snatched his "You know you're a Golddigger ..." book and published it as their own.

Jared Edwards of Los Angeles filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday against Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans and St. Martin's Press.

The lawsuit said Edwards worked as an assistant for a decade beginning in 1995.

It said in 2005 he wrote jokes about women who seek wealth and status through romance.

He said the brothers rejected his book, but in May published their own: "101 Ways to Know You're a Golddigger.'

St. Martin's Press did not immediately return a call for comment.

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