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Director and actor Tyler Perry is being sued by author Terri Donald, who claims that the prolific filmmaker stole the plot to his 2012 film Good Deeds from her 2007 novel Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit.
According to Reuters, Donald, who writes under the pseudonym TLO Red'ness, claims in the suit that she sent Perry a copy of the book before he started work on the film. The suit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia.
The author wants $225,000 in damages and wants Perry’s production company to fully disclose revenue from the film. She also requests that the film’s credits be altered to include her name at the start and end of the film.
Good Deeds stars Perry as a businessman who meets a single mother and grossed $35 million when it was released back in February.
Reps for Perry and Lionsgsate, which distributed the film, did not comment on the suit.
Perry recently starred in Alex Cross and has already completed his first film for next year, The Marriage Counselor. The Huffington Post notes that he started production on his next film, Single Mom’s Club, in which he will star. That film is set to be released in May 2014.