According to TheWrap, the suit, filed in federal court in California by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, states the two teamed up to create a TV drama called “Justice & Glory,” and they met with Oprah’s team at OWN in the fall 2014 to pitch their idea … and got great feedback.
According to the docs, OWN picked their brain for more ideas and versions of their pitch but eventually cut them off. Years later, they claim “Greenleaf” premiered and featured the exact same characters and storylines from their original pitch.
The suit calls the defendants’ actions “blatant” and “arrogant.”
“[T]hey didn’t even seek to hide the theft; they used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show. They even named their antagonist after Plaintiff Pastor Barrie (Pastor Basie in ‘Greenleaf’),” the suit reads.
“The setting of Defendants’ ‘Greenleaf’ is identical to that of Plaintiffs’ ‘Justice & Glory. ‘ Both shows are dramas that take place in the South and center around a powerful, African-American family dynasty and their sprawling megachurch,” the complaint adds. “The families of both shows live together in a mansion-style home sitting on a large plot of land, have private jets and live an affluent lifestyle. Their lives all center around the mega-church activities and people affiliated with the church in one aspect or another.”
Wynn and the pastor are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
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It’s the same home they first rented back in 2016 and then plunked down $8.1 million to buy last year — now, it’s undergoing construction for a new swimming pool.
According to building permits, “work includes construction for a brand spankin’ new residential swimming pool … an in-ground pool, of course. Barack was the 44th prez, after all. The pool will also feature a terrace of sorts,” per TMZ.