Woman Who Says She's Cookie Lyons Is Suing Empire Creator

There’s no doubt Cookie Lyons is one of the best (and most fashionable) characters on modern television. Have you ever wondered if the Empire matriarch was actually based on a real-life person? A woman named Sophia Eggleston says that Cookie is based on her life and Lee Daniels, the show’s co-creator, ripped off her story. She’s now suing for $300 million.

In 2010, Eggleston published a memoir called The Hidden Hand, which detailed her life as an ex-drug kingpin, reports Page Six. Her lawsuit claims other similarities between the character of Cookie and herself such as having issued a “hit” on someone, having a gay relative and then there’s of course, the wardrobe. Eggleston loves to wear mink coats, just like Cookie.

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