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Lawsuit Over Hit TV Series Is Dropped

May 6, 2019  •  Post A Comment

With a trial date looming this week in a lawsuit over a hit TV series, the suit has been dropped. Variety reports that Charlie Kessler dropped his idea theft lawsuit against Matt and Ross Duffer involving the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Kessler reportedly determined that the brothers came up with the idea for the series on their own.

“Kessler had alleged that the Duffer brothers stole his idea for the series after the trio got to talking at a reception for a 2014 screening of ‘Honeymoon’ at the Tribeca Film Festival,” Variety reports. “Kessler said he pitched the brothers an idea for a project based on urban legends about a decommissioned military installation in Montauk, New York. He said he was stunned a year later when Netflix announced the Duffer brothers’ show, which contained similar themes and was originally titled ‘Montauk.’”

The trial was scheduled to open Tuesday, but Kessler released a statement Sunday afternoon acknowledging that the Duffers demonstrated that they conceived the idea independently, Variety notes.

“The brothers produced emails and Google documents showing that they were working on the concept as early as 2010,” Variety reports.

The report quotes Kessler saying in Sunday’s statement: “After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of ‘Stranger Things.’ Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”

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