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Filmmaker sues Chris Rock

October 08, 2009|Associated Press

A filmmaker is suing Chris Rock for at least $5 million and trying to block the release of his documentary "Good Hair," which opens here Friday.

Regina Kimbell sued Rock and several film companies in federal court in Los Angeles this week, claiming Rock's project is a copycat of her film, "My Nappy Roots."

Kimbell said she screened her film "My Nappy Roots" for the comedian in 2007. The lawsuit says that her film traces the business and cultural history of black hair care and has otherwise been shown only at colleges and film festivals since its completion in 2006.

Rock's publicist declined to comment.

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