AceShowbiz - Lena Waithe has finally broken silence amid accusations that she stole the idea for her new TV series "Girls Room" from Atlanta screenwriter Nina Lee. In a new Twitter post, Lena denies the allegations and insists that she would never steal from another artist.
"There has been an accusation floating around that I want to address. In 2019, I partnered with @Dove for their project #GirlsRoom. Prior to my joining the project, in 2017 a @Dove partner came up with the title and the concept from which my scripts were based," Lena explained in the lenghty statement on Wednesday, February 26. "I was brought on to write the scripts and produce the content."
"I have never seen Nina Lee's work nor would I ever steal another artist's work," she went on writing. "As a fellow creator myself, I can only imagine how she must be feeling and I look to #Dove to give us more clarity on the situation. Now that I'm aware of Nina Lee, I look forward to seeing her art."
The controversy started after Nina reacted to a trailer for Lena's new series on Friday, February 21. "this looks awful, yes I'm hating," so she wrote on Twitter while quoting the trailer. "This show was defeinitely a learning experience, thanks to everyone involved and to those who still believes in me!"
Nina explained in a separate tweet, "I made a lot of mistakes when it came to this show. Mistakes I can still feel. And I wish I knew then what I know now. We were young and didn't know what we had on our hands. But thanks everyone involved! I've written 4 shows since then so if you're an investor holla at me," she tweeted.
Noting another similarity between her 2017 work and Lena's new project, the writer continued, "Even the way her show is colored is oddly similar, I have to laugh. Ours was fun as hell though cuz it was about the great drunk girls you meet (in) the girls restroom. And it extended out to their lives and how tough and rewarding navigating through life in your 20s can be."
Dove, meanwhile, has issued a statement which read, "Dove started working on 'Girls Room' with our partners in early 2017, and we're proud to have teamed up with ATTN: and Lena Waithe to bring the vision to life. The name of the series was developed before Lena or ATTN: were added to the project and was selected because our scenes mainly take place in the 'Girls Room', any similarity to other creative projects is entirely unintentional."