Trouble for Fox and Lee Daniels, or just a woman looking for a payday?!
Sophia Eggleston, a 53-year-old Detroit woman, is suing the network and Daniels, the creator of Empire, for $300 million, alleging the show is based off her life story and she ought to be compensated for the portrayal of character Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson!
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Eggleston's suit lays out a lot of tall tales, like how she was an alleged drug kingpin, and that she once did jail time after placing a hit on a man. She also wrote a book about her drug lifestyle as a younger woman, and in 2011, she traveled to El Lay and met with a screenwriter about adapting the book for television or a movie.
That never happened, but now Eggleston alleges that the Empire creators had their hands on the book and picked out many parts of her life story to use in the hit show.
Speaking to reporters, Eggleston seemed fairly confident about her lawsuit, saying:
"The whole city's been telling me Cookie is basically me. Any jury would rule for me — $300 million is a very small price for taking my whole life and stealing it."
Well… at least she's confident?!
Eggleston alleges that in the suit that her emotions after watching Empire were a wreck, saying:
"[She was] dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters . . . so numerous and specific, especially . . . Cookie Lyon, that independent creation was obviously impossible."
No comment from the Empire folks yet on this one, but for what it's worth, Daniels and co-creator Danny Strong have previously claimed they got the idea from Diddy's life story after hearing him doing a radio interview about his upbringing.
It seems like this kind of lawsuit would be tough to prove in court — especially for $300 million — but maybe we'll see?!
[Image via IPA/WENN/Sophia Eggleston/Instagram.]
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