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JLo sued by scriptwriter over plagiarism

Jack Bunick claims that Jennifer Lopez has stolen his idea for South Beach, a programme of which the latter is an executive producer.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 14:01 IST

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is being sued by a screenwriter who claims the actor stole his idea for a television show.

Jack Bunick claims that South Beach, a programme on which Lopez is the executive producer, is the same as South Beach Miami.

He claims to have pitched the show to UPN in 1999, and was rejected, only to see Lopez's show on the air years later.

Bunick's script was about a man who moved from Brooklyn to Miami, where he became involved in the modelling and nightclub scene.

South Beach is about two young men from Brooklyn who "abandon their world as they know it and head to the alluring paradise of sandy beaches, beautiful people and hot spots in glamorous Miami's South Beach," BBC quotes UPN's website as saying.

Bunick has applied for an injunction barring further transmission of the series, which the network cancelled.

The case also names US TV network CBS and Viacom as well as Lopez's production company Nuyorican. UPN is a division of CBS and both were owned by Viacom until it split into two companies last year.