Former Chicago Police Officer Sues Universal Over 'Safe House'
The more outlandish the plot, the more identifiable it becomes to conspiracy theorists.
File under "Out There":
Former Chicago police officer Marty Christopher Lawson is attempting to get an injunction to stop Universal from further distributing the hit film Safe House.
Why? The former cop, who says he was forced to retire under duress, says the plot, characters, theme, etc. of the film were ripped from his book, Truth or Treason, as well as a series of videos he posted on YouTube.
The complaint doesn't spell out the similarities, nor does it suggest how Universal saw his work, but it implies that the movie carried analogous elements to his efforts to uncover $100 million of alleged conspiratorial financial fraud upon the Chicago Police Pension Fund.
The plaintiff's videos suggest he believes hearing transcripts were altered in his investigation, which might be argued as too similar to the movie's plot about CIA documents and and pressures to alter facts. (Never mind that Safe House is set in South Africa.)
For the time being, the lawsuit is pending in an Illinois federal court. Lawson says the movie caused him "pain and suffering."
- Prince Takes Over the 'Arsenio Hall Show,' Debuts New Funky Song
- A Train, a Trestle and 60 Seconds to Escape: How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life
- 'Divergent' Star Shailene Woodley: The Next Jennifer Lawrence?
- 'Noah' Banned in Several Middle Eastern Countries
- Lindsay Lohan's OWN Series Gets First Official Trailer (Video)
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR
- Pee-wee Herman's Bike From 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' Sells For $36,600 On eBay
- HUVr Hoverboard Is Not Shipping In December (Or Ever, For That Matter)
- Stratosphere: A Conversation with Matt Sorum and Album Preview
- 'Grey's Anatomy' 'You Got to Hide Your Love Away' Recap: Yang and Owen Back in the Sack