Once again, a case about Cookie Lyon’s character is being called into question by a woman who claims SHE’S the REAL Cookie Lyon and that her persona and life story has been stolen by Empire. The woman identified as Sophia Eggleson, who is from Detroit, slapped a lawsuit on FOX and Lee Daniels for allegedly stealing her life story.
She is suing for $300 Million and says that is a small price to pay for stealing her entire life. In the suit she says the following:
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 character Cookie ‘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.'”
She also says, “The whole city’s been telling me Cookie is basically me. Any jury would rule for me– $300 million is a very small price for taking my whole life and stealing it.”
Okay, there is a Cookie Lyon & Lucious Lyon in every neighborhood.