Tyler Perry
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The Gay Sexual Harassment And Libel Lawsuit Against Tyler Perry

“[Tyler] Perry filed a lawsuit against Dunwoody, Georgia resident Joshua Sole asking for $100,000 in damages plus $25,000 for attorney fees. Perry was also granted a restraining order against Sole.

In a, now-deleted, Facebook post, Tyler Perry wrote to his 10+ million followers after garnering the restraining order against Sole, for allegedly disabling alarms and surveillance equipment in his compound to force a meeting with Perry, was that Sole “has to be mentally disturbed.”

Sole responded to Perry’s allegations and Facebook statement with a $10 million libelous lawsuit, filed in May 2015, claiming that he “has suffered anxiety, depression and emotional distress” from the Facebook post and false criminal charges. Sole further stated that Perry’s actions were retaliatory against his claims against then-TPS (Tyler Perry Studios) employee Brett Hendrix for sexual harassment and creating a hostile environment with “intentional infliction of emotional distress”…

A summation of the lawsuit and countersuit between actor, writer and producer Tyler Perry (best known for his tough-talking female persona Madea) and his former production assistant Joshua Sole, a heterosexual man who alleges sexual harassment at the hands of TPS studio employee Brett Hendrix. In an exclusive interview with The G-List Society, Sole detailed his allegation of Hendrix’s harassment. This week, Perry is scheduled to give a deposition on his charges against Sole.

The case raises echoes of “Pause”, the 2010 episode of The Boondocks which portrayed Perry as a closeted cult-leader who used his productions to prey on an unsuspecting heterosexual man. The LA Times reported that Perry threatened to “re-think his relationship” with Turner Broadcasting shortly after “Pause” aired on their Cartoon Network channel. Perry is married to actress and activist Gelila Bekele.

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