Detroit woman claiming to be the real Cookie Lyon sues ‘Empire’ creator

A Detroit woman has filed a $300 million lawsuit against Fox and “Empire” creator Lee Daniels. Sophia Eggleston is alleging that the show stole her life story, and that the similarities between her and the main character Cookie Lyon are no coincidence. Eggleston, 53, was a drug kingpin who did jail time for manslaughter. She wrote her life story down in a memoir and shared it with a Los Angeles screenwriter Rita Miller who said she was going to pitch Eggleston’s story to Daniels. The lawsuit cites specific similarities, such as Cookie’s way of dressing, that they both had a gay family member and they were both jailed for drugs. “There’s no possibility the similarities are...mere coincidence,” the suit reads. “Defendants had access to and a copy of” Eggleston’s memoir.

Iggy Azalea talks about plastic surgery in Seventeen magazine

Rapper Iggy Azalea ’fessed up to having a nose job in this month’s issue of Seventeen magazine. “Dening it is lame,” she told the magazine, aimed at teen girls. “I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to your self, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.” She goes on to say that plastic surgery is “an emotional journey.” “It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect.”

Release date set for Depp/Cooper/Perry super group

The Hollywood Vampires — the mega group featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry — will release its debut self-titled album on Sept. 11. Consisting of mostly classic rock covers with a few originals, the album features guest spots by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Joe Walsh, Brian Johnson and Robby Krieger. Horror film icon Christopher Lee, who died in June at age 93, also makes an appearance.


■Country producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill died in Nashville this week at age 78. He was best known for his work with Tammy Wynette and George Jones. He produced “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a big hit for Jones.

■B-52s singer Kate Pierson married longtime girlfriend Monica Coleman over the weekend in Hawaii. E! News reports that the band’s frontman Fred Schneider made the best man speech.

■Food Network star Sandra Lee, 49, was hospitalized Tuesday for complications from her recent double mastectomy. She’s expected to be monitored for a couple days, the Associated Press reports.

■Former One Direction singer Zayn Malik has broken off his engagement with fiancée Perrie Edwards of the vocal group Little Mix.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Thursday’s Birthdays

Michelle Yeoh, 53

Regina Carter, 49

M. Night Shyamalan, 45

Geri Halliwell, 43

Soleil Moon Frye, 39

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