Steve Harvey, former videographer head to court over unreleased footage

Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie Bridges-Woods, arrive for the National Academy of Television Arts & Science's 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 16, 2013. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

DALLAS, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Steve Harvey and his former videographer are seeking a judicial ruling on who owns footage of a series of Harvey’s stand-up performances from over 20 years ago.

Documents state in 1993 Harvey hired Joseph Cooper to tape performances at the Steve Harvey Comedy House in Dallas.

Cooper still has close to 120 hours of footage, which he says he owns. Harvey says the footage was shot for use within the club and alleges Cooper has been using the material to attempt to extort him.

Harvey claims that Cooper offered to sell the tapes back for $5 million.

A judge looked over both parties’ claims and had ordered a trial date be set for no later than Jan. 30.


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