Sylvester Stallone is being sued for $7Million for purloining the idea for his personal trainers versus trainees reality show, Strong, which debuted on NBC in April.
Robert Fletcher is taking the Rambo actor to court after filing a suit claiming Strong, a Sylvester Stallone-produced competition between teams of physical trainers and their trainees was poached from his idea “America’s Next Great Trainer”, ANGT, which he had passed off to Stallone’s publicist and agents at William Morris Endeavor in 2014.
Williams Morris represents Stallone.
Fletcher claimed his show ANGT resembles Stallone’s Strong which features male and female trainers and is seeking at least $5 million in punitive damages plus an additional $2 million.
Stallone’s Strong aired in April 2016 on NBC and Robert believes it’s more than sheer coincidence that both shows seem undoubtedly similar.
According to sources, Robert insists the concept of his show involved having teams of male trainers and female trainees compete in different physical challenges, much (if not exactly) like the “Strong” setup.
Robert also asserts Stallone had stolen one of the trainers, Todd Durkin, whom he had intended to use for ANGT but suddenly Durkin stopped all communications with him in 2015 before suddenly appearing on “Strong” when the show aired in 2016.
Robert is also suing Todd and NBC.