Über producer Tyler Perry is facing a lawsuit that is causing many a side-eye!
A man who Perry once claimed was stalking him has now filed a suit against Tyler Perry Studios and Tyler himself.
The handsome young man, a former employee of Perry’s Atlanta area Studios, is claiming that supervisors on his job sexually harassed him and had him arrested for no reason. He also claims that Perry made several libelous allegations against him and is seeking damages for that as well.
It was just last November that Perry filed for a protective order in Fulton County Superior Court against Joshua Sole, 27, who was booked into the county jail for criminal trespass at Tyler Perry Studios.
Perry also filed a lawsuit against Sole seeking $100,000 in damages because of the “discomfort and annoyance caused by the diminished value of peaceful enjoyment” of his studio property. [CLICK HERE to read more about that case.]
Sole was an employee of Tyler Perry Studios at the time and the charges brought against him subsequently lost him his production assistant job.
Now Perry has been accused of libel as part of a $5 million sexual harassment lawsuit filed against his film company by Sole.
According to WENN.com:
Sole claims Brett Hendrix, his supervisor at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, “subjected him to verbal and physical sexual harassment” during his employment, and when he complained about the alleged behavior to company executives, he was demoted and then suspended.
In legal papers filed in Atlanta Federal Court on 13 May, the plaintiff’s lawyer also accuses studio bosses of having his client arrested “for no reason”, before firing him.
Gone Girl star Perry is also singled out for libel, amid allegations the filmmaker branded Sole “mentally disturbed” in a social media post in November, causing the plaintiff to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Sole is seeking damages for retaliation, negligent and reckless failure to provide plaintiff with a safe work environment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, invasion of privacy, libel and bad faith, among other charges.
Representatives for Perry’s production firm have declined to comment on the lawsuit.
In the meantime, Perry is somewhere enjoying raising his infant son Aman, who was born November 30, 2014, smack dabb in the midst of all this random lawsuit drama.