Seth MacFarlane sued over claim he stole idea for smash-hit comedy Ted
Seth MacFarlane is facing a lawsuit after a production company named Bengal Mangle Productions filed a claim that alleged he stole the idea behind his 2012 hit comedy Ted.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit, which was filed yesterday (July 15th), claims that Bengal Mangle completed a screenplay in 2008 for a character named Charlie, who they describe as a foul-mouthed, womanising teddy bear.
The lawsuit alleges that Charlie "lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character" and demands unspecified damages, calling Ted "an unlawful copy".
The lawsuit also claims that "Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand. Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude." You can read the full lawsuit here.
Charlie starred in two web series, Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, both of which were aired on You Tube, FunnyOrDie.com and other streaming websites.
The lawsuit, which alleges copyright infringement, also names MacFarlane's production company Fuzzy Door Productions, Ted producer Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Studios. Neither MacFarlane or Universal have commented on the lawsuit as yet.
It was confirmed last week that shooting had commenced on a sequel to Ted, which took over $500 million at the box office.