*A Philadelphia writer has filed a lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey for plagiarism, claiming the talk show host stole passages from his book for a 2009 episode of her show, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Charles Harris claims in a lawsuit that he sent Oprah ten copies of his booklet, “How America Elects Her Presidents,” in 2008. He alleges that on a February 16, 2009 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah read exact questions directly from his book.
Harris claims that “the language and structure of the questions were exactly the same” and added that Oprah “was also highly praising of the information contained in the booklet.”
“We have not been served in this lawsuit,” an Oprah spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer in declining to comment.
Harris wants $150,000 for each intentional unlawful use of his copyrighted material as well as money to cover damages and lost profits.