Queen Latifah and BET are facing a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off a reality show. According to The Blast, Queen Latifah’s production company is being accused of stealing the idea for the reality show, From the Bottom Up, and now she is being sued for the profits.
Latosha Lee sued BET, Flavor Unit Entertainment and Nicci Gilbert — Flavor Unit Entertainment being the production company that Latifah founded in 1995, and is the company that produced the BET show. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Lee claims the “in 2013, Lee conceived a novel idea for a reality television show called ‘Real Life Cinderellas of Atlanta.” She also said that the should would “focus on the daily lives of women who had gone through publicized scandals and were seeking redemption.”
Lee adds that her show was to feature five “African-American quasi-celebrity women living in Atlanta, Georgia who have all experienced media scandals and working toward their lives around.”
She went on to say that she filmed with a cast and shot a sizzle reel and sent it to networks, producers and reps. She said that BET producers made it seem like they were interested, but then went silent. She later found that BET had a show called, From the Bottom Up, and claims it was a rip-off of her show idea.
She is demanding an injunction stopping BET and Latifah’s company from airing the show and all profits made from the show.