Tyler Perry has been sued by an American author over the plot of his 2012 film Good Deeds, according to Yahoo! News.
Terri Donald believes the prolific playwright lifted the plot of the film from her 2007 book “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit.” The writer claims to have sent Perry a cop of the novel before production on the aforementioned motion picture began.
In order to make things right, Donald is asking for $225,000 in initial damages and a writing credit on the feature. Should a judge decide that Perry was in the wrong, the author’s name will appear during the opening and closing credits of the feature.
According to the Examiner, Lionsgate has also been named in the lawsuit. Terri Donald is requesting that the studio hand over an account of the film’s box office totals.
Rotten Tomatoes describes Tyler Perry’s film as follows:
“A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie. But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey, a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley.”
Written under the pseudonym Tlo Red’ness, Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit bears the following description on Amazon:
“A compelling story of a woman s struggle to free herself from the past in order to move forward in the future with the man she loves. This mysterious secret must unfold in order for the woman to allow a committed vow. In this story her past unravels tragedy, murder and her secret. What the man isn t being honest about is that he also has a secret that materializes in the midst of the storm and the raging fury it holds. The two come to grips with the truths and decide for the future and what it has to offer them.”
What do you think about Tyler Perry being sued by author Terri Donald? Do you think the playwright is capable of plagiarism?