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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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Fred Farkel    

who??

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DTD    

Ya Ok! Good luck with that.

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William j    

Ha ha ha this dudes movies BLOW and only black people like his ****ty movies!!

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Cricket    

Frivolous lawsuit, frivolous story.

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Deneen    

Its a shame in 2013 that their is so many haters Mr. Perry makes great movies, shows and plays why would he steal someone else work. The writer who claiming that he's work was stolen maybe you should see if Mr.Perry will help you instead of you trying to steal his glory. Mr. Perry l like Temptation all women and men should see it not only blacks but all colors because HIV doesn't see colors.

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Salim    

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Salim    

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Nannan#1    

Oh please the last thing Mr. Perry's needs or has to do is steal anything from anyone else. He is only one of the best actors and writers around and some people think that they can sue him and he will just pay them off to shut up. Mr. Perry will never fall for that so back off...

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Paulina1982    

Love Tyler Perry!!!!!!!

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Salim    

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Salim    

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Kinera    

Last time I checked, these are the types of movies that Tyler Perry does. So, if you're really trying to sue him over this kind of second-nature stuff, after you've gotten over $49 million from your books, find another hobby.

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Kinera    

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