First Elmo brings a sex scandal to Sesame Street, now Writer and Producer extraordinaire Tyler Perry is being sued for stealing another woman’s idea. While it’s hard for me to believe that a man of such Financial and Business prowess would make such an impudent move, Philadelphia author Terri V. Donald has taken off the gloves! Atlanta-based actor/writer Tyler Perry has been hit with a lawsuit accusing him of stealing the concept of his latest movie 'Good Deeds,' which starred Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union and Perry himself. Terri V. Donald filed the lawsuit earlier today (November 28), in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to the lawsuit, Terri V. Donald’s book “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit,” was sent to Tyler Perry.
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.
It’s unclear what Perry’s response to the claim is so far, but with such a stark and glaring accusation staring him in the face, the outcome should be very interesting. I’m thinking Terri V. Donald will get paid off to make this nightmare “go away”. He may try to pin it on another woman; African American woman about 6’5” wearing a bad wig carrying a gun in her purse. Maybe Madea did it?
Do you think Perry stole from the cookie jar to cash in on “Good Deeds” for himself?
Words by Sid Powell