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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.

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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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