LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Tyler Perry has been sued for “Good Deeds” (2012) by Terri Donald. Tyler Perry is being sued in Philadelphia Federal Court claiming that her 2007 book “Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit” has been infringed by Perry’s 2012 film.
Donald, who wrote the book under the name TLO Red’ness, claims that Perry had access to the published book, local news indicates. Donald claims that send Perry a copy of her book.
Lions Gate Entertainment, the film’s distributor, is named as a co-defendant with Perry. Neither defendants have commented to news about the matter. None of the defendants have yet to file their answer to the complaint.
The lawsuit does not concern Perry’s most memorable role, Madea. But it does seek a peculiar amount for damages: $225,000. It remains unclear how the plaintiff has surmised such a figure listing it was just “initial damages”. It’s also not legally clear what “initial damages” is set to refer to.
Donald also wants credit in the film and to be “provide[d] an accounting of the movies revenues.” The Perry film reportedly made thirty-five million in U.S. box-office receipts during its February release. It remains unclear if Lions Gate asserts a profit on the film, or loss.