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Tyler Perry Hit With Lawsuit Claiming Plot Of ‘Good Deeds’ Was Stolen

Tyler Perry Hit With Lawsuit Claiming Plot Of 'Good Deeds' Was Stolen

There isn’t a successful filmmaker alive who hasn’t been slapped with a lawsuit at one time or another claiming that a film of theirs was stolen from someone else. Just ask Steven Spielberg how many times he was hit with lawsuits over Raiders of the Lost Ask and E.T. So welcome to the club Tyler!

Yesterday in a Philadelphia federal court a lawsuit was filed against Tyler Perry and Lionsgate Entertainment claiming that the plot for his film Good Deeds, released eariler this year, was actually stolen from another source.

The plaintiff is author Terri Donald, who writes under the non de plume TLO Red’ness, and who says that Perry lifted the premise of his film from her 2007 book Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit.

According to Donald, or Ms. Red’ness, she sent a copy of her book to Perry’s production comany long before production on the film began.

Ms Red’ness is seeking $225,000 in damages as well as an injuction requiring the Perry’s company to add a credit for her book in both the opening and closing credits of the film as well as to provide a complete and accurate account of the movie’s box office take.

So far neither Perry, his company or Lionsgate have responded to the lawsuit or her accusations.

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Adam Scott Thompson

I don't think this is his first litigious rodeo, but I have to say that the movie's general story and plot was, as Alm put it, super generic. Of course, those are the most vulnerable of all artistic works. Don't think it has much merit, though. Not to defend Citizen Coon but I'd like to believe he's a bit too much in love with himself to ever draw from another well. That said, the suit will probably get tossed. They hit you with the "no unsolicited material" stiff-arm for a reason!

Miles Ellison

Saying that Tyler Perry stole the plot of Good Deeds is like saying that somebody who wrote a book stole the alphabet.


The movie is super generic, a man has to choose between two women from two different worlds. The author is going to have a difficult time proving that such a generic concept was stolen.


Wait a minute, someone is willing to accept responsibility for a Tyler Perry film? LOL!!

I`m no defense lawyer, but even I could get this tossed on mental grounds alone!


Plot? …. …. … Haven't seen Good Deeds, but I read the script & there was absolutely nothing revolutionary about the storyline. Proving the theft of such a basic concept is gonna be a toughie. Summaries of the author's book don't seem to mention a wealthy businessman running his family's empire, just the fact that the heroine is "scared to love again." That's every TP movie ever.


Sounds like this was the plan all along– send him the book; wait for him to steal the idea and make the film; and then sue for a paltry amount, with the expectation that he'd be more apt to settle such a tiny sum.

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