A Journalist Is Suing The Creators Of Tupac Biopic All Eyez On Me

Kevin Powell says the film used content from his ’90s interviews with the late rapper.

A Journalist Is Suing The Creators Of Tupac Biopic <i>All Eyez On Me</i> All Eyez on Me posters at the Regal South Beach Cinema on June 17, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida.   Jason Koerner / Getty Images

The Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me is facing a legal battle from a journalist who says that the film lifted parts of the movie from his articles on the rapper. In the '90s, Kevin Powell wrote a series of cover stories on Tupac for Vibe. Powell claims that All Eyez On Me used information from these stories without properly crediting or compensating him. He is suing the producers and writers of the film for copyright infringement.

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"As the owner of the copyright to these articles, ALL EYEZ ON ME infringed on my rights by using content and narrative that was exclusive to my writings," Powell wrote on his Facebook page. "I am seeking justice and a resolution in this matter that is fully fair to me and all the work I’ve done throughout the years, as an author and protector of the Tupac Shakur narrative."

A source close to the matter told TMZ that Powell is asking a judge to block the film from screening in theaters and award him a share of the profit.

Representatives for Kevin Powell and All Eyez On Me were not immediately available for comment.

Read Powell's full statement below.

June 23, 2017
A Journalist Is Suing The Creators Of Tupac Biopic All Eyez On Me