Tupac Shakur Biopic Script Amongst These Allegedly Stolen by Hacker
A manufacturing firm behind an upcoming biopic about hip hop artist Tupac Shakur acknowledged on Wednesday that the movie’s script was amongst these allegedly peddled by a Bahamian man who was arrested for hacking celebrities’ e-mail accounts.
Alonzo Knowles, 23, is being held with out bail after a Tuesday look in Manhattan federal courtroom on felony copyright infringement and id theft expenses.
Among the many info that Knowles allegedly hacked was a lately completed script for "All Eyez On Me," a biopic of Shakur, who died in a 1996 capturing, in line with Greg Mielcarz, government vice chairman of selling and publicity at Los Angeles-based mostly Morgan Creek Productions, the studio making the film.
The movie stars Demetrius Shipp Jr as Shakur.
Earlier this month, Knowles provided to promote a well-liked radio host "a script for an upcoming hip hop artist biopic film … as soon as it’s accomplished on the finish of the month," in accordance with a legal grievance filed towards Knowles on Tuesday.
Knowles later tried to promote the script to an spy, in line with the grievance, which stated Knowles confirmed the script to the spy however didn’t truly give it to him.
The spy struck a cope with Knowles to purchase scripts and different info, finally resulting in Knowles’ arrest.
Prosecutors, within the grievance, didn’t determine the celebrities, films or scripts concerned within the case.
Mielcarz confirmed the id of the Shakur biopic script in response to an inquiry by Reuters.
A spokeswoman for Manhattan U.S. Lawyer Preet Bharara declined to remark. A lawyer for Knowles couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Knowles stored no less than one hundred thirty celebrities’ emails and telephone numbers and famous that his victims included film and TV actors, a casting director, a well-liked singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist, the grievance stated.