It seems as if Hollywood has a history of changing the orginal works and or lyrics of an aspiring entertainer or writer. This time around, a 56 year old writer who lives in Virginia is suing BET for stealing his original screenplay for "Dreamgirls" and marketing it as their own.
According to the Business Journal:
A Virginia man is suing Black Entertainment Television, Paramount Pictures and Viacom for allegedly stealing his screenplay to produce the 2006 “Dreamgirls” movie starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles.
Samuel G. Bailey, a 56-year-old writer living in Burgess, Va., claims he mailed the entertainment companies a screenplay he wrote, called “Poison Passion.” Although Bailey never heard back from the companies, he says he recognizes his work in the Oscar-winning movie.
Hudson, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role, played “Effie White” in Dreamgirls — Bailey alleges his screenplay featured a similar character named “Effy.”
Knowles played “Deena Jones,” a character that Bailey claims was based on his character of the same name.
“Each character in ‘Dreamgirls’ was an exact replica of the aforementioned characters in ‘Poison Passion,’” Bailey alleges in the complaint he filed in federal court in Alexandria.