Since its debut in the last winter, Fox’s Empire has not only taking off in TV ratings, but it’s also becoming a household American favorite. Although the story line is great, what really captivates viewers are the characters. One beloved favorite is Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.
As Empire gears up for its second season next month, an interesting character or real life persona (as she’s clamming to be) has surfaced into the mix. Allegedly, a 53-year-old Detroit woman, by the name of Sophia Eggleston is clamming to be the real Cookie Lyon. She’s suing the shows co-creator, Lee Daniels, for $300 million stating that Cookie’s character was created based on her and her real life.
Sophia Eggleston details her past as a “drug kingpin” and she was incarcerated for manslaughter after placing a “hit” on someone — as evidence. In 2011, Eggleston, published a memoir, the Hidden Hand, and believes that its racy contents were repurposed for Empire after she tried to sell it to screenwriter Rita Miller.