Oprah Winfrey has shot down allegations suggesting she stole the premise of her faith-themed TV series “Greenleaf”.
The media mogul was slapped with legal action from writer Shannan Lynette Wynn in April, after she claimed to have met with bosses at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to pitch the idea for “Justice & Glory”, along with a pastor friend.
In her lawsuit, she explained how officials initially seemed very keen on the show, but then heard nothing.
When “Greenleaf” premiered in 2016, Wynn noticed it featured characters and story lines she alleges the pair had introduced to OWN chiefs, and demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
However, Oprah has now responded to the legal papers, brushing off the claims as “frivolous”, while also sniping about the plaintiffs, insisting the people who filed it “either do not understand copyright law or are pursuing it not withstanding its manifest lack of merit”.
She goes on to point out the stark differences in the series, explaining “Justice & Glory” focused on a white, atheist U.S. senator who investigates a famous religious leader, while Greenleaf is about a single mother who is rocked by the suicide of her sister and returns to her father’s African-American church in Memphis, Tennessee, reports The Blast.
Oprah insists the only similarities are the fact that they both feature a megachurch and the family which runs it.
She is adamant she and her Greenleaf producers had never even heard of “Justice & Glory”, and is seeking the immediate dismissal of Wynn’s lawsuit.