Two People Sue Creators Of ‘Empire’ For Stealing Their Life Stories – Tha Wire [VIDEO]
AllHipHop reports the creators of the hit FOX drama, Empire are currently being sued by a woman who's claims she's the REAL "Cookie." Yep, you read right. Sophia Eggelston is suing TV series creators for $300 million alleging she gave a copy of her autobiography to a screenwriter in 2011. According to her, the screenwriter pitched the her story to Lee Daniels, who happens to be the co-creator of Empire.
TMZ reports Eggelston claims Taraji P. Henson's portraying her life story as the character, “Cookie” and believes Lee Daniels stole her story. Interestingly enough, Eggleston isn't the only one accusing the TV drama's creators of stealing their story. A man named Ron "Prince Diamond" Newt filed suit against FOX shortly after the hit series premiered. His claim is similar to Egglestons. He reportedly pitched his life story, Bigger Than Big, to Terrence Howard a few years ago. Newts documentary chronicles the darker days of his life in the Hunters Point area of San Francisco, when he was a gangster and pimp.
According to his lawsuit, Terrence Howard met him a while back at the Four Seasons hotel to discuss his documentary. Newt alleges Howard was very interested and even said he wanted to play him in a film. Pointing out other similarities, Newt further claims he shot his longtime associate, just like Lucious does in Empire. He also stated Taraji P. Henson's character, is a carbon copy of China Doll in his documentary. Both go to jail on drug charges and have a thing for hats.
By the way, he's suing FOX, Terrence Howard and Lee Daniels to the tune of $1 billion in damages. Below is a trailer of the Ron Newt's documentary, Bigger Than Big. Let us know if you think there are any similarities between the two shows.
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