Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oprah Sued Over The Great Debaters

The family of famed Wiley College debate coach Melvin B. Tolson sue Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios for compensation...

From The Hollywood Reporter
According to the complaint, when the film was being made Tolson's son offered producers assistance in the form of recordings of their father for the purpose of Washington's study. Later, the family was invited and did attend the film's premiere. Harpo staffers allegedly told the family, "We are going to take care of you."
"In so doing, defendants dissuaded the plaintiffs from hiring a lawyer and exploited the plaintiffs' lack of business experience and relative lack of education, as well as their trust in their understanding of the character (mis)represented by Winfrey, Denzel Washington and the defendants," states the complaint.
The family allegedly later attempted to contact Winfrey, but never got in touch.
The film about the Black debate team was released in 2007.


Anonymous said...

I just have a feeling all of these crazy ass old stories are going to be popping up everywhere that have Oprah's name in them in an effort to scare her from becoming serious about running for President.

Anonymous said...

If a new story comes about reprising the cattle situation with Oprah, then I'm going to really know something is up.

Anonymous said...

10:45 ~ And if Magic goes into the hospital, Robert Johnson goes missing, and Cosby finally kicks it we'll all know what time it is. Keep your eyes open.

Anonymous said...

You don't need the life rights of a dead person. You can just take them. I don't think that guy being real meant anything to the box office. If they just made up a school and changed his name and a few details it wouldn't have changed a thing.

Oprah beats this case hands down if it even gets to court. Whatever they offer the family should take.

Anonymous said...

Is this a case where the descendants of this character are looking for a quick pay check? I'm sure Oprah did her research and crossed her I's and T's before making this film.

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