Woman Claims She Is the Real Cookie Lyon, and ‘Empire’s’ Lee Daniels Stole Her Life

Watch out Cookie, another boss lady is in town.

Sophia Eggleston claims that Taraji P. Henson’s TV character is only a duplicate of the original. Eggleston, who hails from Detroit and looks very Cookie-esque, is claiming to be the real Cookie. In a lawsuit for $300 million, the 53-year-old home care attendant is suing Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, and Fox, for allegedly using her life for a story line.

In the lawsuit, Eggleston claims that she was jailed for being a drug kingpin who committed manslaughter. She says that she wrote about her life in a memoir titled, The Hidden Land, and that screenwriter Rita Miller pitched her story to Daniels in 2011.

Four years later, Eggleston says she was “dismayed to see the various similarities of events and characters” and that the Cookie character was so “similar in behavior, style of dress, and background,” especially their love for mink coats.

“There is no possibility the similarities are . . . mere coincidence,” adds the suit.

According to the New York Post, Eggleston has been “jailed twice, busted for drugs and, according to the FBI, was charged last year with Medicare fraud.”

If Eggleston is anything like Cookie Lyon, we know she has tenacity.


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