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Tyler Perry sued over plot of 'Good Deeds' by author Terri Donald

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11/28/2012

Tyler Perry is in some hot water after an author is accusing the director of copyright infringement.

Terri Donald, an American author who sometimes credits herself as TLO Red'ness, is claiming that the American director based his 2012 movie "Good Deeds" on the plot of her 2007 book, "Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit," according to Reuters.

The author is suing Perry in federal court for $225,000 in initial damages and is also asking that the company add credit for her book in the film's opening and closing credits. The lawsuit, which was filed in Philadelphia, claims that Donald sent a copy of her book to Perry's company before production on the movie began, according to Reuters.

Perry's spokesperson had no comment.

The 2012 film follows businessman Wesley Deeds, played by Perry, and his journey through life after meeting Lindsay (Thandie Newton), a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. The movie also stars Gabrielle Union and Eddie Cibrian.

The actor, director and producer, who is known for his expansive list of works, topped Forbes' 2011 list of highest-paid men in entertainment with $130 million in earnings from May 2010 to May 2011.

Perry has his own film studio and has created shows such as "Meet The Browns" and "House of Payne" as well as the "Madea" film franchise. He recently starred in his first action film, "Alex Cross," and directed numerous films such as "For Colored Girls" and "I Can Do Bad All By Myself."

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