According to Radar Online, Brunson and ABC are being sued by aspiring writer, actress, and performer Christine Davis for copyright infringement. Davis claims Brunson and the network ripped off her show, This School Year, which follows a similar premise and school setting.
In her lawsuit, the aspiring writer expressed that both parties used Abbott Elementary to reproduce the “look and feel of the inner-city school, the mockumentary style, unique plot synopsis, set design and unique characters” from her original script without Davis’ consent. Davis allegedly wrote This School Year‘s script in 2018 and had it officially registered with the United States Copyright Office in March 2020, one year prior to Abbott Elementary‘s ABC debut.
In July 2020, Davis allegedly passed This School Year‘s script to two women named Shavon Sullivan Wright and Cherisse Parks at Blue Park Productions. The aspiring writer claimed she had “at least three meetings about her work.”
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SOURCE: VIBE, Marc Griffin