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Tyler Perry ‘Temptation’ Lawsuit: Man Claims Wife’s Adultery Tale Was His

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Tyler Perry is being sued by an Indiana man who says that he was the first person to ever write a story about a woman cheating on her husband.

Alright, so it’s a bit more complicated than all that, but you get the general idea. Writer William James of Gary, Indiana, filed a lawsuit against Perry in U.S. District Court in Indiana on Wednesday, which claims that Perry’s 2013 film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is a complete rip-off of his 2009 screenplay Lovers Kill.

According to the lawsuit, James’ script and Perry’s film involve a marriage that is ruined after the wife has an affair. Hardly a unique concept, hence our mild disdain in the heading.

Additionally, though I’m loathe to defend Perry’s Temptation, it’s actually based on a 2008 stage play called The Marriage Counselor written by Perry himself, so the suit is pretty groundless based on the timing alone.

But still James says that he passed a copy of his script through the right channels hoping that somewhere down the line it would get to Perry’s desk. It’s unclear whether or not it ever did.

In any case, James is seeking unspecified damages that include an edit to Temptation’s opening and closing credits. If he wins, it will read “Based on the Novel ‘Lovers Kill’ by William James.” Ouch.

It’s doubtful that James will win his lawsuit, but even if he does, it’s not like Temptation has been the runaway success train he’d want to hitch his cart to anyway. It hasn’t done very well with critics, but with $49 million at the box office, it has been a modest financial success.

Perry’s people have not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Did you see Tyler Perry’s Temptation? Do you think that William James has a case against him?

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11 Responses to “Tyler Perry ‘Temptation’ Lawsuit: Man Claims Wife’s Adultery Tale Was His”

  1. Anonymous

    Who care! I am not a Tyler P. fan. He used God to make money.

  2. Marie L. Ross-Wolf

    It's just someone trying to make a buck of of someone else's fame. Tyler Perry is an awesome actor I'm sure he wouldn't ripoff anyone else's work when he is so highly talented himself. Please, find another way to make your own money!

  3. Carey Pierce

    Um, no, he uses stories to entertain people that have Christian undertones to teach lessons, makes them into plays and movies and and makes money that way. I think you might be thinking of the Catholic Church or the Vatican, they are the ones using God to make money.

  4. Shantia Mims

    No one should want credit for that movie, it was awful.

  5. Jen Bell

    Why when someone tries to do good, someone always has to ruin or attack them.

  6. Jamey Howard

    If this guy wins against Perry I am going to sue the makers of two girls one cup for killing some of my lust for white women.

  7. Deidra Ann Saltsman

    Maybe what you really don't like is that all of his movies teach that good morals pay off… Because lets face it as time goes on less and less people have them.

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