Meet Sophia Eggleston.
This is the Detroit woman who claims she is the real-life Cookie Lyon. Sophia is now suing Empire co-creators Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and FOX for $300 million. She’s accusing them of ripping of her life to create Taraji P. Henson’s character.
According to Page Six, Eggleston, who used to be a “drug kingpin”, says there are many similarities between she and Cookie.
The suit alleges specific similarities to Eggleston’s life: “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.”
In addition to her shady past, Sophia also says she enjoys rocking mink coats like Cookie and even has a gay family member, just like Lady Lyon’s son, Jamal.
After Eggleston did her bid in the pin, she wrote a book about her life called “The Hidden Hand”. Sophia claims she traveled to LA in 2011 to meet with screenwriter Rita Miller and gave Miller a copy of her book. Page Six reports that, “her copyright suit, filed in US District Court in Michigan, says she got a call from Miller several months later saying she was going to pitch her story to Daniels.”
Well, fast-forward to 2015 when Empire premiered and Eggleston got no credit. Call us crazy, but if she really did get her book to Mr. Daniels she could have a case on her hands.