Seth MacFarlane sued over 'Ted' character by production company who claims idea was stolen

By Gina DiFalco,

Seth MacFarlane, Universal Studios and his production company Fuzzy Door Productions are being sued for copyright infringement over the foul-mouthed teddy bear character Ted, who starred in his film of the same name. MacFarlane directed, co-wrote, produced and starred in the film.

Bengal Mangle Productions, a production company based out of California, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday that claimed Ted was stolen from their Charlie character featured in their screenplay Acting School Academy from 2008. The character went on to star in a web series that was featured on outlets like iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, FunnyOrDie.com and Vimeo.com.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit states Charlie lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends,” who “has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character” just like Ted, who "is strikingly similar to plaintiffs' Charlie character."

Ted was the highest-grossing comedy of 2012 and starred MacFarlane as the voice of Ted, as well as Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. As we previously reported, Universal is planning a sequel, which will star both Wahlberg and MacFarlane returning and coming to theaters in 2015.

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