Kenya Barris – Lawsuit Claiming He Stole ‘Black-Ish’ Idea Heading To Court
It’s time for Kenya Barris to officially lawyer up! According to reports, he’s now headed to trial after a lawsuit claims that he stole the idea for his hit show ‘Black-ish’ from a former writing partner.
As previously reported, man named Bryan Barber (who is a music director) claims that he and Barris had an agreement in 2006 to develop a show for VH1 about a successful black TV writer working in a largely white environment. Barber alleges that several years later, Barris developed the idea into “Black-ish,” violating their agreement to produce the show together. Barber filed suit in 2016, seeking writing credit and compensation.
Barris’ attorneys sought to have the suit thrown out, but a judge denied their motion. In her ruling, the judge noted several similarities between the scripts for the two shows. For instance, in both shows, the main character works in a media company’s “urban department,” and both shows feature jokes about grape soda.
In a hearing on the motion on Thursday, Barris’ attorney argued that the two shows have certain similarities because both are based on Barris’ life. The main character’s significant other is a doctor in both shows because Barris’ wife is a doctor, he argued.
A trial is set for May 7.