Woman Claims She’s the Real Cookie Lyon, Sues ‘Empire’ Creators

Woman Claims She’s the Real Cookie Lyon, Sues ‘Empire’ Creators

A Detroit woman named Sophia Eggleston, who says she is the “real-life Cookie Lyons,” has filed a $300 million lawsuit against Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Fox, claiming that Daniels and Fox stole her life story.

In the suit, the 53-year-old Eggleston states that she was a “drug kingpin” who was convicted of manslaughter and spent time in prison for putting a “hit” on someone. All of this was recorded in her memoir, The Hidden Hand.

In 2011, Eggleston traveled to L.A. and met with screenwriter Rita Miller, to whom Eggleston claims she gave a copy of her book. Eggleston also claims that she received a call from Miller some months after saying that she was going to pitch her story to Daniels.

When the program debuted in 2015, Eggleston says, the Cookie character “was similar in behavior, style of dress, and background” to her. The suit says she was “dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters… so numerous and specific, especially… Cookie Lyon, that independent creation was obviously impossible.”

Furthermore, the suit claims that there are specific similarities between Eggleston’s life and that of the Cookie Lyons character. “Cookie was a drug kingpin that went to jail. So did plaintiff Eggleston. Cookie is released from jail confinement and immediately places a hit on a certain individual. Plaintiff… actually was jailed for doing the actual hit on a man.”

Eggleston’s suit cites Cookie’s mink coats and gay son — “Plaintiff has a gay brother,” reads the suit — as further evidence that Daniels and Fox ripped off her life story. “Any differences between Empire and The Hidden Hand are dwarfed by the overwhelming similarities between both works and those minimal differences even confirm that Plaintiff’s original expression in The Hidden Hand was crudely copied by Defendants Daniels and Strong,” reads a section of the suit’s first cause of action.

As for Eggleston, she told The Post, “The whole city’s been telling me Cookie is basically me, any jury would rule for me — $300 million is a very small price for taking my whole life and stealing it.”

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  1. Kenny
    August 08, 05:36 Reply

    Reallyy? Cookie was a drug kingpin???? This bitch just wants to rip off the franchise

      • ambivalentone
        August 08, 07:46 Reply

        Jo o. There arw just too many bridges in America to waste life counting. Money must be made

  2. Kenny
    August 08, 05:39 Reply

    Can’t wait till sept 23 though…… The trailer released yesterday gave me life.

  3. KingBey
    August 08, 05:45 Reply

    Greedy woman seeking for attention. Biko shift !

    August 08, 07:26 Reply

    Dis biatchhhh should go and rest oooo, any evil spirit lik her working against Empire, I cast and bind.

    August 08, 07:54 Reply

    $300million dollar’s? this woman needs Jesus as much as she needs money…

  6. pete
    August 08, 08:10 Reply

    Don’t you guys think her case should be investigated before calling her names. Opportunism works both ways,you know

  7. Max
    August 08, 10:17 Reply

    A lot of opportunists in America. Mtchew.

  8. Lothario
    August 08, 10:20 Reply

    Ewoooo! This is a siddon look situation…. Lmao! Can’t wait to see how this ends.

    • Pink Panther
      August 08, 11:25 Reply

      Hahahahaa. A lover of Suits, I see. I wonder why it’s not Olivia Pope you’re calling to fix this

  9. rev hot
    August 08, 12:51 Reply


    If I were Lee Daniels, I’d start a trend on twitter/instaG/Facebook where different people from all over the world will be posting ‘I AM COOKIE’ ….. then the woman’s own would just look like one of the million tweets…

    don’t laugh, it just might work..

    • Perez
      August 08, 21:35 Reply

      Hahahahahahaaa… Quite ingenious .

  10. kacee
    August 08, 13:36 Reply

    Why is she doing this now *crying* where are u MM?

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