Writer throws suit at Goldberg

A writer has sued Whoopi Goldberg for allegedly copying the story in her children’s book, “Alice,” from his screenplay.

Christopher Jackson, in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, claimed he wrote a semi-autobiographical screenplay in 1988 about an African-American attempting to escape the ghetto and gain material success with the aid of his best friend, an invisible rabbit.

Jackson said he showed the script to Goldberg last year to get her to do the voiceover for the rabbit and she agreed. He also allegedly pitched the script to Creative Artists Agency, which is also named a defendant.

Publisher Bantam Books is another defendant. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, a recall of the book, and an injunction against further copyright infringement.

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