Tyler Perry Sued By Man Who Claims ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’ Plot Was Stolen From His 2009 Screenplay
It seems that one sure sign you’ve “made it” to the Hollywood big leagues is when folks are hurling lawsuits at you left and right. The latest celebrity to be slapped with a lawsuit is famed producer, writer and director Tyler Perry. According to TMZ, a small-time screenwriter from Gary, Indiana by the name of William James claims that the plot from Perry’s latest flick Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor was actually stolen from a script that he wrote in 2009 called Lovers Kill.
In the suit, James says that he never actually gave a copy of his screenplay to Perry, but he did give a copy to an “associate” of Oprah Winfrey in hopes that it would somehow make it to Perry.
Now even if James’ screenplay did somehow make it into the hands of Perry, there’s just one problem with his story. Temptation: Confessions of Marriage Counselor is only a big screen adaptation of Tyler’s 2008 play, The Marriage Counselor. With the exception of a few minor tweaks and the addition of a little “Hollywood action,” Tyler pretty much stuck with his original storyline.
Lionsgate and Perry have yet to comment on these allegations.