Popular actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus may have stolen the script for her highly acclaimed film Dry.
She is being accused of flat out theft by lawyer and scriptwriter, Daniella Madudu who is demanding a suitable compensation of N60 million, and royalties, failing which a civil and criminal action will be taken against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and her associate, Joy Ndidi.
Actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus has been accused of stealing the script of her movie Dry from a little known writer
Several sources confirm that Joy Ndidi, was on Miss Madudu’s team of readers and editors in 2011. And as such, she made a copy of the script then titled Behind Her Veil. Madudu however had no inkling of foul play until the movie Dry premiered across cinemas in Nigeria, and her attention was drawn to the similarities in both stories.
In the official court documents prepared by Lagos based solicitors, Rafiu Bello & co, Miss Madudu is requesting credits as owner of the original story, since a substantial part of Behind Her Veil was adapted for the movie Dry.
Here is a portion of the letter of demand, Madudu’s lawyer sent to our dear Stephanie
“We are ready to file the suit anytime from tomorrow as stated in the demand letter. We have only waited for the 14 days to lapse to offer an opportunity for Mrs. Okereke-Linus to settle the matter amicably. The ultimatum lapses today, June 2, 2017.”
Daniella Madudu; the script writer Stephanie Okereke-Linus allegedly stole from.
As at the time of writing this report, Stephanie hasn’t responded to request for her comment on the matter.
Stephanie’s case is similar to that of actress Omoni Oboli who was also accused of stealing the script of her film Okafor’s Law from another little known writer.