Bryan Barber Sues ‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris, Accuses Him of Stealing Show

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is facing some new legal troubles- director Bryan Barber is suing him, claiming that Barris stole the idea for the hit ABC comedy.

The Idlewild director claims that Barris stole a script about Barber’s life that the two of them co-wrote, repurposed it without ever letting Barber know of his intentions and that’s how Black-ish was born. Deadline broke the news and obtained a copy of the 18-page complaint for the $1M lawsuit.

“Plaintiff is informed and believes that at some point between the end of 2006 and September 2014, Defendant Barris – using Plaintiff’s idea for the Original Untitled Script – wrote, developed and shopped the pilot episode for Black-ish without Plaintiff’s knowledge or authorization,” alleges music video director and Idlewild helmer Bryan Barber in the breach of contract and fraud jury-trial-seeking complaint (read it here) filed in L.A. Superior Court on Friday. “Indeed, Defendant Barris intentionally concealed these facts from Plaintiff. The pilot episode for Black-ish was predicated in all material respects on Plaintiff’s idea and/or the Original Untitled Script.”

The site also reported that along with the monetary compensation, Barber is seeking “a full accounting, creator and writer credit and compensation on the Emmy nominated Black-ish plus a piece of “all derivative, ancillary and merchandising rights and interests.””

Deadline reached out to Barris’ reps about the lawsuit, but with no response.

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