Chris Rock Sued Over New Film

October 12, 2009 by  
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Poor Chris Rock. First it was child support, now it is copyright infringement.

Rock was slapped with a $5 million lawsuit on Thursday, just one day before the expected premiere of his hybrid documentary, Good Hair. According to, a Los Angeles woman, Regina Kimbell, claimed that Good Hair was a copycat of her 2005 movie, My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage—a film she allegedly showed Rock on the set of his television show, Everyone Hates Chris, two years ago.

In a declaration filed last week in U.S. District Court, the 44-year-old funnyman denied the accusation. He described Good Hair as a documentation of the International Hair Show and Convention held annually at Bronner Brothers, in which contestants vie for the title of “best hair stylist in the black world”—a representation of African American hairstyles, not “a history of black hair care,” as Kimbell suggested.

Rock’s fear of a delayed film release was allayed after the judge denied Kimbell’s petition for a restraining order. And ultimately, the suit was dismissed, according to

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