Atlanta-based hit maker Tyler Perry has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of stealing the concept of his latest movie Good Deeds, from Philadelphia-based writer Terri V. Donald.
The lawsuit was filed early yesterday morning, Nov. 28, at the United States District Court, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
According to the lawsuit, Perry graciously rewrote bits and pieces of Terri V. Donald’s book Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit, which he later referenced heavily when writing the Hollywood hit Good Deeds, which starred Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, and himself.
According to AllHipHop:
Lawyers for Terri V. Donald claim “Good Deeds,” was so similar to “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit,” that the movie immediately triggered the lawsuit.
“Terri V. Donald never entered into any agreement with either defendant which would permit defendants to adapt the Subject Book into a major motion picture,” the lawsuit reads. “Further, defendants possessed no rights whatsoever in regards [to] usage of any aspect of plaintiffs Subject Book in any manner, shape, or form whatsoever.”
Tyler Perry is being sued for at least $225,000, although Terri V. Donald is seeking a full accounting of profits made from the movie “Good Deeds,” as well as an injunction against the movie until the dispute has been settled.
Stay tuned …