Chris Rock is at the centre of a $5 million (£3.5 million) lawsuit from a woman alleging he stole her idea for his forthcoming documentary about African-American hairstyles.
Regina Kimbell has filed a suit at Los Angeles' District Court claiming the inspiration behind Rock's Good Hair film came from a documentary she made in 2005, which she showed the comic on the set of his TV series Everybody Hates Chris in 2007.
Kimbell alleges Rock ripped her ideas from My Nappy Roots, which features celebrities who discuss different hairdos, while Rock's documentary, which premieres in the U.S. on Friday (09Oct09), also features famous names talking about the topic.
She is seeking $5 million (£3.5 million) in damages, according to TMZ.com.
In the movie Rock visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of people.