Tyler Perry Sued Over Good Deeds

Author accuses the mogul of lifting film’s plot from her book.

Posted: 11/29/2012 09:00 AM EST
Tyler Perry, Good Deeds

(Photo: Lionsgate)

One moviegoer felt Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds was just the opposite. Author Terri Donald is suing Perry for ripping off the plot for his 2012 romantic drama from her 2007 book Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit.

Donald is seeking $225,000 in initial damages and also an injunction that would require Perry’s production company, Tyler Perry Studios, to add a credit for her book in the opening and closing credits. Her lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, also requests that the company provide a full accounting of the movie’s profits. Donald, who also writes under the pseudonym TLO Red’ness, claims she sent a copy of her book to Perry’s production company before filming on the movie began.

Good Deeds starred Perry as a wealthy businessman who meets and falls in love with a struggling single mother portrayed by Thandie Newton. The film, released in February 2012, grossed $35 million at the box office.

No word yet from Perry or film distributor Lionsgate Entertainment, who is also named in the lawsuit.


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