Sophia Eggleston, 55, claims she wrote a memoir titled, “The Hidden Hand,” about her early lifestyle as a drug kingpin who did time in jail for manslaughter after she placed a “hit” on a man.
In her lawsuit, Sophia says she traveled to Los Angeles in 2011, met with screenwriter Rita Miller, and gave her a copy of her book. Months later, Eggleston says she received a call from Miller, who informed her she was going to pitch her story Daniels.
When “Empire” premiered in 2015, Sophia Eggleston says Cookie Lyon’s character “was similar in behavior, style of dress, and background” to her.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Michigan, says Sophia was “dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters. So numerous and specific, especially Cookie Lyon, that independent creation was obviously impossible.”
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. There is no possibility the similarities are mere coincidence. Defendants had access to and a copy of her book.