Tyler Perry Gets Sued Over His Latest Flick

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Tyler Perry seems like a nice guy, but when you’ve got that kind of money, everyone is gunning for you.  Perry’s latest film “Temptation,” has gotten mixed reviews.  Some thought it was a classic, and others thought it was not so good.   But you know how the old saying goes, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but lawsuits are all that can hurt me.”

Perry is being sued by a screen writer who says that he jacked the script for the film off of him.   A man in Gary, Indiana says that Perry took the script and made a ton of money off his hard work.

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” has made $49 million thus far, so we expect that Mr. Perry isn’t paying much attention to his critics.    But should the lawsuit, filed by William James, gain any teeth, he could be losing a lot of money while also taking a hit to his reputation.

According to TMZ, James says that the film was based on his script called “Lovers Kill,” written in 2009.   He says that in both movies, a  wife is tempted by a man who ultimately ruins her marriage.   This case seems a bit flimsy on the surface, and the man only claims that he gave his script to an associate of Oprah Winfrey, who knows Tyler.  Doesn’t sound like much of a case, but since we’re writing about him right now, there may be some good publicity benefits to filing these kinds of lawsuits.

Lionsgate and Perry don’t have much to say about the suit, and they probably won’t be saying much until James gets just a tiny bit more evidence to support his interesting claim.


  1. latreka hester

    April 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    continue and do what the lord has chosen you to do mr.perry and leave the evil doers for our heavenly father to take care of the rest.

  2. rea

    April 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

    The foolish man sueing Perry does not have a leg to stand on .Perry based this movie Temptation off off his hit stage play The Marriage Couselor which came out in 2008. That silly rabbit should have done his research before he started talking about he is going to sue Perry! All of Perry’s movies are based from his stage plays….what a money hungry dummy that man is!

    • The Champion

      April 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

      I don’t know, this movies sounds like a Tyler Perry story.

  3. tasha banks

    April 26, 2013 at 5:39 am

    People will always have something to say when you do things others only dreamed about” I mean really if the material was used >”Mr William James what were you waiting for to happen. You either gonna play the game or stay on the side line” “That’s the nature of this business. Tyler Perry’s not about to go homeless over this one!!! The battle is the Lord’s.

  4. Kim

    April 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

    If it was his idea why didn’t he do something with it? So now we are supposed to believe that Tyler stole his idea? Mannnnn….please!! So tired of these wannabees trying to get rich off of somebody else’s creation!! Tyler doesn’t have to steal ideas from anyone!!

  5. Deborah Taylor

    April 26, 2013 at 7:56 am

    MAN PLEASE! Go take a chill pill and sit down somewhere

  6. Sharon Harper

    April 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Although I love Tyler Perry and have all of his plays and movies, there are some scenes in some of his stuff that have been taken from movies that I have watched over the years. For example, “An officer and a Gentleman”, where Richard Gere goes to the factory and get his girl, so is the same scene in Diary of a black woman. You can believe what you want to believe.It is not uncommon for a script to be stolen that is why most people would take any unsolicited scripts for fear of suits. That’s what happen to Sophie Stewart, the “Mother of the Matrix”. Her script was sitting on Producers desk for years in California and was pass on to others. The wealth of an individual does not mean a person won’t steal we just need to hear Tyler’s side of the story. If this individual gave their script to someone then what happen to it at that point. There are three sides of the story, His/her side, the other persons side of the story and then there is the TRUTH. Just my opinion.

    • Shontal Caprice

      April 26, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I agree with you Sharon. There have been many instances in Tyler’s movies that appear to use some material from different movies. Good deeds closely resembles the pursuit of happyness and just switched the character from a homeless father and child to a homeless mother and child. I often argue that a family that preys have at least four movies jumbled in to one(Thelma and Louise, oh brother where art thou, and the other 2 escape me at the moment).
      I suggest that Tyler employ more screenwriters than trying to do it all himself (writing, directing, and producing). He has done a great job of putting African American actors to work, do the same for the screenwriters and directors who have actually studied this discipline that are waiting for someone to give them a chance. We already have a Spike, I say let truly because a respected force in Hollywood. Tyler has the resources and the capability of drawing the masses to the theatre, take off the pride hat and bragging rights sleeve, and put out good sound material that tell our stories with people able to add more to our rich artistic heritage and more credibility to Tyler’s body of work.

      • brenda

        April 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        You and Sharon have valid points. But how many original ideas can a person have. Think about our lives, we often think we are the only ones going through or experiencing certain situations. But I guaratee you there are others. I sometimes wonder what would happen if such and such person was going through this, what would happen. Just a thought.As long as he is not stealing from someone else.

      • avi

        April 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Yes, start hiring African American writers and directors give them a chance!

        • Kim

          April 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

          Agree. There are good writer’s right here in the area I am journeying through in West Virginia. But no one will hire! I have great writing material for a soap. But who is out there for me to pitch it to and will give me a chance????

    • Teena

      April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you Sharon. I concur. I have seen it in many of his stage plays and films.

  7. Patricia

    April 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I love Mr. Perry his plays and movies. I don’t feel he would do anything inappropriate but that is my thought. The media is going to work this with whatever they can acquire. God knows.

  8. jay miller

    April 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Why would anyone claim to have written this piece of sh*t?

    • Phillip Battle

      April 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Yo something else— Oh My God—– words that can’t be spoken so TRUE!!!!!!!

  9. Kimberly May

    April 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    My grandmother used to say, “There’s nothing new under the sun!” Every movie, book, essay, etc has similarities to events that have already taken place. Tyler Perry is no fool. Why would he risk so much by using another person’s screenplay? He has proven his own abilities as a writer! I can think of two real life couples I know that have similarities with the couple in the movie. Does he owe me some money too?

    • blacjk jones

      April 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Your Grandmother was correct–as long as he didn’t copy word for word or every scene was the same. So-called PLAGIARISM has and always will be around……PEACE!!!!

  10. sherrie chapman

    April 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    LEAVE TYLER PERRY alone. He is VERY talented and creative. He can com up with is OWN stories. People just love to TRY to tear down SUCCESSFUL black people. This time William James you are NOT going to get paid….

  11. The Solution

    April 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    This is not a reflection on Tyler, but on Oprah’s staff. While the story is a common one, anyone could lay claim and Tyler could have thought of that one himself, Oprah should check her staff writers, producers and sources before passing on submission to Tyler as their own. I have submitted ideas to Oprah, and while I never received feedback as requested, I did see 2 shows take to the air, one in particular I know was exactly the idea I gave to a Staff Producer. So, James’s complaint is not too far fetched, but I think it is misdirected to accuse Tyler Perry as being the one to take his screenplay and not give him any recognition. As a writer myself, I do understand and also have an idea for Tyler, but I would not go through Oprah’s staff in order to do it. Know reflection on Oprah either, but some of her staff are not being forth right.

  12. The Solution

    April 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Please excuse the typos.. didn’t proof, I’m a writer..loll

  13. Lemond Guess

    April 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Mr. Perry,just keep it moving and ignore all of those haters and waiters that’s waiting for someone else to make it so that they can take it. Not, Not

  14. The Black Scholar of Dallas

    April 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    ummm…this has to be a late April Fools joke cuz ain’t no original script in this highly predictable movie. I like Tylers other movies but this one seemed written by a 5th grader so what the heck is there to sue about? lol

  15. pegGotti

    April 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    If the person who claiming the lawsuit stuff like that happens all the time a bad marriage so he should be sueing everybody including me everybody have bad marriages one time or the other it takes a skilled mind to put it together. And put it on film why didn’t he sue earlier than now. How many people give Oprah stuff she probably still reading about mind.

  16. Toni

    April 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    If you have money or the appearance that you have money there will be a lawsuit waiting for you in the wings.

    My neighbor decided to file a lawsuit over some frivolous, made-up claim and our stupid court system in KY decided to allow it. It will go nowhee but people try it anyway and the only people that makes money are the courts and the Attorney.

    People want to make money hook or crook and some people instead of ebing gainfully employed they make a living of filing lawsuits.

    There should be a law against it and if someone does file they should be made to pay the courts if it is found to be frivolous.

    A waste of our tax payers dollars and a waste of time for a person that is onnocent or proven innocent.

  17. TELLEM

    April 27, 2013 at 12:22 am


  18. Lisa C

    April 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I’m going Tyler to sue over the HORRIBLE acting in this last flim. ..lol!!!!

    • Lisa C

      April 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

      And myself for horrible typing…lmao!!!

  19. wanda

    April 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    The premise of the movie was about a subject that’s so pervasive that there’s bound to be screen plays that look and read the same. Only so much you can do when it comes to infidelity. You can change the characters, the plots but it’s still the same theme.

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    April 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

    PROVERBS CHAPTER 26 VERSE 27: WHOSO DIGGETH A PIT SHALL FALL THEREIN: AND HE THAT ROLLETH A STONE IT SHALL RETURN UPON HIM. Simply stated you reap what you sow! Or as the great Frankie Beverly might say “what goes up, must come down, the things you do come back around.” Tyler Perry need not even worry about this frivolous law suit attempting to extort money from him. For the eyes of the LORD are upon the wicked. Those who conjour up schemes at the expense of the righteous shall have their own scheme manifest against them. Those who tale-bear or back-bite (YOUR BLACK WORLD) shall have that same stone returned upon them as well. GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY!!! All of the hate that has been spewed at Tyler Perry has only made him stronger!!! LetGodbetrue.com. PEACE… ONE LOVE TO ALL….

  22. Fathiyyah (the hat lady)

    April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm


  23. bahati sobukwe

    April 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

    He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Why? Because any writer worth his salt should be able to write a Tyler Perry movie: Light skin female who gets her man, black skin man who is the villain, light skin man who is righteous, add a lot of buffoonery and coonery and there you have it!

  24. Bill

    April 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Tyler Perry is running a business, hes has a staff of writer’s writing for him, he’s taking theirs ideas and and don’t know the credibility of these movies until it hit the screen. So it nothing wrong with being sued
    Aftetou made your money..

  25. Valerie Winberry

    May 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Oh Hell don’t make me go to my purse!

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