Rhime Rip-Off? Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes Sued By Struggling Writer

May 11, 2014  |  


From Grey’s Anatomy to Scandal we know Shonda Rimes has the magic touch when it comes to writing TV drama, but a struggling writer named Debra Feldman says she is no primetime David Copperfield but rather a crook.

In a lawsuit against the successful writer/producer, Feldman claims that Rhimes got a hold of her transcript “The Red Tattoo” and used it as a template for the failed series “Off The Map”. The series which ran for a short time in 2011 on ABC followed several doctors working in a remote South African village and was produced by Rhimes as well as others who worked on Grey’s Anatomy.

Feldman claimed none of the writers knew anything about medical treatment in the third world before her manuscript.

We can’t help but wonder why this is suddenly an issue for Feldman in 2014 when the show ended in 2011. A rep from Rhime’s camp commented to TMZ:

“It is our policy not to comment on frivolous claims.”

We hope that Rhimes can quickly and quietly bring this to an end.

Funny how many people come up out of the woodwork when your money tree starts growing. With Columbus Short recently being fired from Scandal, and Kerry Washington becoming a new mom, there might just be enough in these stars’ personal lives to entertain us until our favorite shows return.

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  • Nikkita Michelle

    You’re suing about a show that got cancelled very early on? Hmm? Okay. It’s the principle I guess.

  • Just saying!!

    Holy crap so she did fire Columbus Short from Scandal after all!?!? Wth have I been!?!?

  • guest

    How does MN know that this suit hasn’t been in the works for years? Just because you are just now finding out about it doesn’t mean that the suit hasn’t been brewing for years.

  • Gypsy

    Also, it wasn’t South African, it was South American jungle.

  • Gypsy

    Which show?
    China Beach – 1988
    MASH – 1972
    Off The Map – 2003
    Combat Hospital – 2011
    They all had American doctors working together abroad, also there tons of that on British TV.

    Lawsuit fail!!!!

  • IllyPhilly

    People do come out the shadows when money grow, but at the same time these big wigs do steal a helluva lot, Hopefully things in well if what the lady says is true.

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