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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.

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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy



Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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