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Tyler Perry Sued

Writer Actually WANTS

Credit for 'Temptation'

4/25/2013 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425_tyler_perry_temptation_tmzTyler Perry's 'Temptation' has been called everything from "beyond dumb" to "flamboyantly bad" -- yet a small-time screenwriter is suing, claiming Perry jacked the universally panned script from him.

It's the classic Hollywood sob story ... a man from Gary, Ind., says Perry stole his idea for "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," which didn't wow critics, but did rake in $49 million.

In the suit, William James says the plot is similar to "Lovers Kill," which he wrote in 2009. The lawsuit is light on details ... it just says both films center on a married couple ... the wife is tempted by another man, and the affair ruins the marriage.

Apparently James hasn't seen "Unfaithful" ... "Legends of the Fall" ...  "The English Patient" -- need we go on?

But here's the best part: James doesn't even know for sure that Perry ever saw his screenplay -- in the suit, he claims he gave a copy to "an associate" of Oprah Winfrey, hoping it would make it to Perry.

Reps for Perry and Lionsgate ... the movie distributor, also named in the suit ... had no comment.

Madea couldn't be reached, but we're hoping she'd say, "Hellerrr!" ... if she picked up our call.

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1.

Mstudammuch    

Bahahaha... Who cares the ish was wack...

360 days ago
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TOGCIADC    

Why in the world would anyone want credit for writing ANY of this $hitbags movies?

360 days ago
3.

Illuminati president     

Madea needs to sit down somewhere #IlluminatiTakeover

360 days ago
4.

stu    

Who goes to see this guy's movies or watches his god awful tv shows? Kim K. has more talent.

360 days ago
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ANNIE24    

If the accuser is caucasian, Perry's best defence of course is, "He's only suing me because I'm black! Racial profiling! Racial profiling!"

360 days ago
6.

Fred Farkel    

who??

360 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

Talk about a bad career move.

360 days ago
8.

tracker    

whatever,no one wants to see a movie with kim kardashian in it...you sold out tyler..tuff luck..

360 days ago
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OLiarbama Argo-Urself    

This thong ass weirdo ain't funny, he gives me the creeps. North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un is funnier. "Launch? No, no, you fools, I said lunch!"

360 days ago
10.

NOT ELMO    

Tyler-P Is Bisexual.....

360 days ago
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Ms_Jasmonique    

Ummm, the movie was one of Tyler's plays back in 07-08 before he, of course like he does most of his plays, turned it into a movie. Dude has no case.

360 days ago
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Superior Lifeform    

His movies are nothing more than adaptations of his plays. They're nothing special and nothing to laugh about. Besides the majority of his movies in my opinion are just the same stereotypes, jokes, Christian dogma, etc.

360 days ago
13.

budweediii    

Tylers movies sucks, but he has a built in audience of black people that will go his stuff no matter how good or bad. They feel like they are doing their race a disservice if they don't like the all black movies. Kinda sad they settle for such mediocre movies. And sorry for those of you who will cry racism, it's not. It's the truth.

360 days ago
14.

Sara    

I mean c'mon you put Kim K in the movie and expect it to reach somewhere NO!

360 days ago
15.

DC Girl    

This movie sucked major balls!!! I have not and never will be a Tyler Perry fan. I had never seen any of his movies at a theater and this was my first and last one. I was doing a favor for my friend by going to see it. NO MORE FAVORS FOR HER!!!!

360 days ago
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