New drama surrounds the OWN drama, “Greenleaf.”
“Greenleaf” has been a hit series for Oprah and her television network OWN, but according to a screenwriter and a pastor, it’s plagiarized.
In a lawsuit filed today in federal court in California, Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie claim Greenleaf is a rip-off of a show they co-wrote called “Justice & Glory” Both shows center around the secrets and scandals of a powerful black family and their megachurch.
Wynn and Barrie claim they met with Oprah’s team at OWN in 2014 and pitched their idea for “Justice & Glory.”
According to the lawsuit documents, they were lured by OWN for additional ideas surrounding their pitch, but were eventually turned down, TMZ reports. Wynn and the pastor claim “Greenleaf” features “the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel story lines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show.”
The documents also claim they pitched their idea to ABC previously as well, but were rejected. They believe the network colluded with Oprah to rip them off.
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Neither Oprah nor OWN have released a statement on the allegations.