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Emails Show Duffer Brothers Did NOT Rip Off Stranger Things!

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The Duffer Brothers have receipts!

TMZ has obtained emails from the Stranger Things co-creators showing they were developing a "Montauk" series as far back as November, 2010 — over three years before Charlie Kessler claims he pitched them a series based on his short film called Montauk.

As we've been reporting, the Matt and Ross Duffer are being sued by Kessler, who says he had a meeting with the brothers in 2014 and pitched a series involving government conspiracies and the paranormal — and was shocked when the Netflix series debuted two years later, seemingly ripping off his idea and story.

Related: Judge Dismisses Azealia Banks' Boob-Biting Case!

Now, emails dating back to late 2010 have surfaced, revealing just how long the brothers had set out their vision of a "real," "paranormal" "gritty eighties" show. One of the emails specifically states the show was set in Montauk, with a reference to "the Montauk experiments."

But that's not all. A Google document dated October 4, 2013 gave a clearer vision of the premise for what would become ST. It states:

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Duffer Brothers Slam 'Meritless' Stranger Things Ripoff Lawsuit — Here's Why The Ideas Seem So Similar!

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In case you haven't heard, Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers are at the center of a real life mystery — as they've been accused of ripping off their Netflix megahit!

A filmmaker named Charlie Kessler claimed in a lawsuit on Tuesday that he pitched a series version of his 2012 short film Montauk to Matt and Ross Duffer at a 2014 Tribeca Film Festival party — and that they rejected him then stole his idea.

Related: Millie Bobby Brown Says She & Her Stranger Things Costars 'Argue All The Time'!

Now the showrunners are hitting back through their lawyer, who released a statement saying:

"Mr. Kessler's claim is completely meritless. He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler's short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people's creativity and hard work."

Kessler's pitch allegedly includes a young boy disappearing, a cop with

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Casting Call For Stranger Things (AKA Montauk) Seemingly Supports Claims That Duffer Brothers Abducted The Show!

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Did Barb just blow Netflix's cover?

While the jury's still out on whether the Duffer Brothers ripped off Stranger Things from a short film Montauk, does a casting call obtained by TMZ seem to prove the sci-fi hit at least stole the film's title during the development stage?

The casting call for the role of "Barbara" reveals the Netflix series was being developed under the name Montauk — the same title as Charlie Kessler's 2012 found-footage short about top secret government experiments in Long Island.

Related: Millie Bobby Brown & Her Costars "Argue All The Time"!

According to the suit, Kessler claims he met and pitched his film and related feature film script titled The Montauk Project to Matt and Ross Duffer at a Tribeca Film Festival premiere party in April 2014.

The timing of the casting call is enough to raise eyebrows. Though the Duffers didn't strike a deal with Kessler for his project about secret government projects, the paranormal, and a cop haunted by his past, they were clearly casting in August 2015 for a series called Montauk — a show also about all those things.

The casting call states:

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Rufus Wainwright Marries Longtime Lover Jorn Weisbrodt!!

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Bucketfuls of congratulations to you both!!

One of our FAVE musicians Rufus Wainwright married his longtime theater-producing beau Jorn Weisbrodt Thursday in Montauk, N.Y.!

It seems the two dashing gents exchanged vows surrounded by a myriad of high-profile folk including Yoko Ono, Carrie Fisher, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Julianne Moore and Mark Ronson, among others, and the reception was held at the Clam Bar in Napeague.

Guests reportedly enjoyed

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Being An Abercrombie Model Is Rough

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As we've mentioned before, being an Abercrombie & Fitch model is anything but glamorous and won't make you rich.

Last week, 30 A&F models were on a seven-day shoot in Montauk "working" upwards of 13 hours a day and don't have much to show for it.

The ladies were lucky to bag $2,500 for the week-long shoot, guys only got $1,500. They were also given $13/day for food.

Harsh.

The ad agency Shahid & Co even monitored what the models ate and drank as well as their workouts. An agency supervisor even kicked out model Florian Van Bael after he ate a croissant at the wrong time.

Seriously!?

This company needs to start treating their employees better, but we doubt that will happen. Ever.

[Image via AP Images.]

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