Abuelhija filed a breach-of-contract suit against Chappelle in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, alleging the comedian owes him at least $864,500.
The 33-year-old walked away from his Comedy Central Chappelle's Show TV series earlier this year and fled to a spiritual retreat in South Africa.
Abuelhija claims Chappelle returned from South Africa and told him his services were no longer needs and paid him a "paltry $40,000 as an 'advance' against the sum" he was owed.
Abuelhija is also demanding profits from Chappelle's reported $50 million deal with Comedy Central.
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