‘Empire’ Sued, Again

Photo Credit: FOX
Photo Credit: FOX

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Looks like FOX’s hit show “Empire” was just hit with another lawsuit.

This time a woman is claiming Cookie Lyon is actually based on her life, and she wants to be properly compensated.

Page Six writes:

Eggleston, 53, who says in the suit she was a “drug kingpin” who did jail time for manslaughter for placing a “hit” on a man, claims she wrote her life story into a memoir about her “early drug lifestyle” titled “The Hidden Hand.” In 2011, she traveled to LA to meet with screenwriter Rita Miller and gave Miller a copy of her book. Her copyright suit, filed in US District Court in Michigan, says she got a call from Miller several months later saying she was going to pitch her story to Daniels.

But when the show aired in 2015, Eggleston says, the Cookie character “was similar in behavior, style of dress, and background” to her. The suit says she was “dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters . . . so numerous and specific, especially . . . Cookie Lyon, that independent creation was obviously impossible.”

The suit alleges specific similarities to Eggleston’s life: “Cookie was a drug kingpin that went to jail. So did plaintiff Eggleston. Cookie is released from jail confinement and immediately places a hit on a certain individual. Plaintiff . . . actually was jailed for doing the actual hit on a man.”

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Sophia Eggleston is suing Lee Daniels and FOX for $300 million.


  1. LOL. I don’t even think any of the characters are so special or complex that they needed to be stolen. I loveEmpire, but let’s not pretend it’s flawlessly written. It’s not. So yeah, I hope this isn’t true. If you’re going to steal, make sure it’s a masterpiece.

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