Queen Latifah, Nicci Gilbert & BET Sued Over Reality TV Show
Queen Latifah, Nicci Gilbert and BET Network is being sued for allegedly stealing the idea for their reality TV series, “From The Bottom Up.”
Queen Latifah, Nicci Gilbert and BET Network is being sued by a woman who claims they stole her idea for their reality TV series, “From The Bottom Up.”
In the lawsuit, filed by Latosha Lee, she claims in 2013, she conceived the idea for a reality TV series titled, “Real Life Cinderellas of Atlanta.”
The series would “focus on the daily lives of women who had gone through publicized scandals and were seeking redemption.”
Lee’s series was to feature five “African-American quasi-celebrity women living in Atlanta, Georgia who have all experienced media scandals and working toward their lives around.”
Here’s where the plot allegedly thickens…
She says she filmed with a cast and shot a sizzle reel and sent it around town to networks, producers, and reps. Lee claims that BET producers made it seem like they were interested but then went silent.
Lee said she later found out that BET had a show entitled “From the Bottom Up” and claims it was a rip-off of her show idea. She claims the show even featured similar cast members and storylines.
Latosha Lee is demanding an injunction to stop BET and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit from airing the show and all profits made from the series.