*Hmm, is this a disturbing trend we’re starting to see with Tyler Perry?
It was just a couple weeks or so ago that we posted news about reality star Poprah losing her trademark fight against the entertainment mogul for taking her “What Would Jesus do?” phrase.
Now news has come that Perry has been sued by a Georgia-based entertainment company for allegedly working unfairly with government officials while trying to transform a former military base into a movie studio.
TheWrap is reporting that earlier this week in a federal lawsuit, which also names the U.S. Department of Defense as a defendant, Perry was accused of attempting to “thwart the business opportunity” of Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios. One of the causes of actions listed against those defendants is “intentional or negligent misrepresentation and fraud.”
The complaint says a UES rep met with a government official in 2011 and first proposed the idea of transforming Fort McPherson into a studio and entertainment complex, but then Perry stepped in and persuaded them to agree to his deal to provide similar “studio, sound stage, animation, school and education complexes” in the same 80-acre space.
It implies the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA) in fact took UES’s proposal, which was proprietary information to Perry and provided him with “site plans, construction plans, drawings and business plan owned by UES.”
The lawsuit argues the defendants violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and UES is seeking compensatory damages from a jury.
And what does Mr. Tyler Perry have to say about the foregoing. Apparently not much. According to TheWrap, Perry has declined it’s request for a comment.