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Tyler Perry Allegedly Stole Plot for “Good Deeds,” Faces Lawsuit

Tlyer Perry is being accused of stealing a plot from author Terrie Donald for his film Good Deeds

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Talented actor/playwright Tyler Perry has had a tough year so far. His massive Atlanta studio caught fire twice and now he’s being sued for allegedly stealing the plot for his film “Good Deeds.”

Author Terri Donald, also known as TLO RED’ness, alleges Perry used the plot from her book titled “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit” for the 2012 “Good Deeds” film. She is suing him in a federal court.

The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, state that Donald sent Perry’s company a copy of her book years before production on his film began. Donald is seeking $225,000 in initial damages as well as an injunction requiring the company to add a credit for her book in the opening and closing credits. Lastly, the lawsuit calls for the film’s $35 million revenue.

The description of the 200-page “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit” reveals striking similarities to “Good Deeds”:

A compelling story of a woman’s struggle to free herself from the past in order to move forward in the future with the man she loves. In this story her past unravels tragedy, murder and her secret. The two come to grips with the truths and decide for the future and what it has to offer them.

Also listed as the defendant in the lawsuit are representatives for Perry and Lions Gate Entertainment.

If found guilty of stealing the plot, will Perry’s legacy as a playwright be challenged?

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  10. TroikaBoss

    December 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Am I the only one that read the part about she sent him a copy of the book a couple years before production? This stuff happens all the time. Often times, creative minds don’t have a means to produce and distribute their talents and have those with a means steal their creativity

  11. Marie

    November 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    ReRi Richardson! There’s no such thing as “you does”, it’s you do or he does, she does, we do. Please get an education; I believe in you.

  12. SedonaJ

    November 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    The diary of a Mad Black Women, had a scene taken from “An Officer and a Gentleman”, with Richard Gere.
    The scene was when at the end, the Mad Black Woman, went to the job, and asked the boyfriend to “Ask me Again”. Just go back and review the tape of an Officer and a Gentleman near the end. There are other movies of Tyler that I have notice certain takes from other films and I have all of his plays and movies. Just my opinion.

  13. Dr. Cora B. Johnson

    November 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that this book has not been published before now? If this person is in need of money, why not just call Mr. T. and ask him for some instead of using your last penny for that frivilious suite, that would probably do you more good than what it will finally cost you and yours.

    Pray before you do something like this. Our people are so hung up on trying to get rich quick; and off of their own people.

    GOF BLESS MR. PERRY ROR TRYING TO HELP US WITH ALL OF HIS EFFORTS/

    DT]R. CBJ

  14. ShayMARIE!!

    November 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    That sounds NOTHING like Good Deeds lol… Murder? They weren’t even a couple until the end. If anything the story is about him not her lol… Plus as much as I like Tyler Perry his plots are a little basic and predictable so I’m sure somebody somewhere can say they thought of it first smh

  15. ShayMARIE!!

    November 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    That sounds NOTHING like Good Deeds lol… Murder? They weren’t even a couple until the end. If anything the story is about him not her lol… Plus as much as I like Tyler Perry his plots are a little basic and predictable so I’m sure somebody somewhere can say they thought of it first smh