Lopez is one of the executive producers and judges of the reality competition show, which is currently in Season 3. In it, dancers of all shapes, sizes and styles compete for a $1 million grand prize.
According to TMZ, a man named Alvin Gray-El claims that “World of Dance” is just a rip-off of an idea he first pitched to famed choreographer Debbie Allen years ago. Gray-El claims he faxed Allen the idea for a reality dance competition he titled “Let’s Start the Dance” in 2009.
However, a source close to Lopez told Fox News, "'World of Dance' was an organization that existed prior to the show and NBC brought the concept to Jennifer."
Still, Gray-El reportedly claims that he never heard back from Allen and that he registered his show idea with the U.S. Copyright Office. However, after seven years, he allegedly learned that NBC and Lopez were planning a similar show.
According to TMZ, Gray-El then sent a letter to NBC telling them the show that Lopez was producing was based on his original pitch. The outlet also reports the man talked to Allen about his show concept, even though the choreographer is not connected to "World of Dance."
Gray-El has received no response from the network and is now reportedly seeking $6.5 million in damages from both Lopez and Allen, TMZ reported.
Neither representatives for the network nor Allen responded to Fox News’ request for comment.