Queen Latifah and BET Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Reality Show

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By TheBlast Staff on March 27, 2019 at 5:32 AM EDT

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 all the profits.

Latosha Lee sued Black Entertainment Television (BET), Flavor Unit Entertainment and Nicci Gilbert. Flavor Unit is the production company that Queen Latifah founded in 1995, and is the company that produced the BET show.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Lee claims, "In 2013, Lee conceived a novel idea for a reality television show called 'Real Life Cinderellas of Atlanta. She says the show would "focus on the daily lives of women who had gone through publicized scandals and were seeking redemption."

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Lee says 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 says she filmed with a cast and shot a sizzle reel and sent it around town to networks, producers, and reps. Lee claims that BET producers made it seem like they were interested but then went silent.

Lee said she later found out that BET had a show entitled "From the Bottom Up" and claims it was a rip-off of her show idea. She claims the show even featured similar cast members and storylines.

She is demanding an injunction stopping BET and Queen Latifah’s company from airing the show and all profits made from the show.

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