There’s no doubt Oprah Winfrey is a woman of God, but that isn’t stopping one of his servants from taking the talk show legend to court, as he claims the mogul stole his idea for OWN network drama, Greenleaf.
Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie and screenwriter Shannan Lynette Wynn claim they met with Winfrey’s team at OWN in fall 2014, pitching a series entitled, Justice & Glory.
OWN ultimately turned down Barrie and Wynn. Years later, the pair claim Greenleaf premiered and featured exact characters and plot points from their original pitch, according to TMZ.
The duo also claim to have pitched the idea to ABC, and believe the network was in cahoots with Winfrey to steal their intellectual property.
Barrie and Wynn are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Winfrey’s team has yet to address the lawsuit.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.