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Madea Is Being Sued!

Madea Is Being Sued!

Madea's not supposed to go to jail until February '09, but her creator is currently duking it out in court with a mad black woman.

Published December 4, 2008

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Madea's not supposed to go to jail until February '09, but her creator is currently duking it out in court with a mad black woman.

Tyler Perry is in a Texas courtroom this week facing allegations of copyright infringement from writer Donna West who  claims material from his 2005 film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" was stolen from her 1991 play, "Fantasy of a Black Woman."

The Associated Press reports that West, who is also an actress, filed the suit in U.S. District Court and wants to get paid. She is seeking all profits made from the film.

"I can't put my play on because the stories are basically the same and nobody wants to see that again," she said.

Jurors on Tuesday watched Perry's film and listened to a reading of the script from West's play. West testified that her script was based primarily on her own experiences. With her in the starring role, the play was performed in July 1991 at the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters at the Dallas Convention Center.

Perry's attorney, Veronica Lewis, countered in her opening remarks that her client is an "immensely talented" individual "who has no need whatsoever" to use the materials of others.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis told jurors he anticipates the case will be completed by next Tuesday.

Stay tuned!

Written by Miki Turner

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