According to a select few, Tori Spelling’s “sTORI” wasn’t hers to tell. A new report claims that producers are suing the reality star and former “90210” actress for $60 million for allegedly stealing their television show idea to create the program “sTORIbooks Weddings.”
A lawsuit filed this week against Spelling in Los Angeles Superior Court blames the 40-year-old of breach of implied-in-fact contract, false advertising and unfair business practices, among other claims, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The producers behind the claims, Oregon residents Denny O’Neil Jr. and Jake P. Hall, and California resident Charles W. Malcolm, are seeking $8.5 million for seven of each causes of action.
According to court documents, the trio claims they first filed the idea for the show “Wedding Rescue” in 2007 with the Writers Guilds, a program that aimed to show Spelling and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, helping couples plan their dream wedding. The lawsuit states the couple used the same idea in their 2011 series, “sTORIbook Weddings,” with the producers calling the program “uncannily similar” to their original idea.
The producers are citing the show’s network, Oxygen Media, as well as Spelling’s production company, Life in a Bowl Productions, in the suit. Allegedly, Spelling and McDermott turned down the producers’ offers to star in the program in 2009 after Oxygen claimed they were not interested in airing the series.
A lawsuit against production companies Bunim/Murray Productions and World of Wonder Production was also reportedly filed after the trio claimed their idea for a reality series, “Tattoo Star,” was also stolen by Oxygen’s 2012 program, “Best Ink.”
“sTORIbook Weddings” is the third reality series Spelling has starred in. Previously, the mom of four was featured in other Oxygen series, “Tori & Dean: Inn Love” and “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” portraying Spelling’s family life in Hollywood.