Cameron Diaz flick rips off Italian novel: author

An Italian writer has accused American film giant 20th Century Fox of plagiarising one of his novels in the 2014 film "The Other Woman", starring Cameron Diaz, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Cameron Diaz flick rips off Italian novel: author
Actress Cameron Diaz at a screening of 'The Other Woman'. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/AFP

Writer Paolo Limiti accuses the studio of ripping off the plot of his 1999 novel "Bugiardo e incosciente" ("Liar and Fool"), his lawyer Daria Pesce said.

In the book, just like in the film, a woman discovers her boyfriend is married – and cheating on both his wife and lover with a third woman, at which point all three team up to find a way to exact revenge.

Pesce said the only difference was that the book was set in Italy, while the film plays out in the United States.

Limiti drew up a film script based on his novel in English in 2007 and had shown it to a series of American, Mexican and Spanish producers, he said.

There was no immediate comment from 20th Century Fox.

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