Empire Creators Sued as Woman Claims to Be the Real Cookie – Sophia Eggleston of Detroit, MI is suing Empire show co-creator Lee Daniels for $300 million!
The 53-year-old claims to be a real-life version of Empire character Cookie Lyon, detailing her past as a “drug kingpin” — she was incarcerated for manslaughter after placing a “hit” on someone — as evidence.
Her memoir, the Hidden Hand, was published in 2011 and Eggleston believes that its racy contents were re-purposed for Empire after she tried to sell it to screenwriter Rita Miller.
When the hit-show aired in 2015, Eggleston was surprised by the uncanny similarities to her own life.
The suit claims she was “dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters…so numerous and specific, especially…Cookie Lyon, that independent creation was obviously impossible.” Read more on the story…