Los Angeles—A California woman has filed a lawsuit against another California woman who recently filed a lawsuit against James Cameron alleging he stole her idea for his mega-blockbuster hit “Titanic.”
The suit brought by Michaela Tezanos alleges that a suit brought last month against Cameron by Princess Samantha Kennedy was actually her idea first, and that the 16-page handwritten lawsuit filed by Kennedy that detailed how James Cameron and Paramount used many of her ideas as inspiration for dozens of the film’s most famous scenes, was stolen directly from Tezanos’ journal, which she keeps on her nightstand next to her autographed picture of Titanic captain Edward Smith.
“When I seen on the news last week that lady was suiting (sic) that ‘Titanic’ movie man, I immediately called my psychic advisor after I watched ‘Inside Edition,’” said Tezanos. “And she told me she was going tell about the suit when I came talk to her again next month. But she said she could tell, just when we was talking over the phone, she could tell I (was) going to win this suit and prevail once I gets (sic) my days in court.”
“I’d like to say this is a legal first,” said University of Southern California law professor Isaiah Hammonds. “But this isn’t even the first case like this I’ve seen in California this year, and it’s only March. When you’re dealing with intellectual property, and believe me, I use the term ‘intellectual’ loosely here, it’s very difficult to prove stolen ideas, or stolen plans to file a lawsuit. But I doubt this will settle out of court, to be quite frank.”
Tezanos said she is seeking three billion dollars, since the film grossed more than one billion, Kennedy is suing for one billion, and she has suffered “a billion dollars worth of mental anguish, anxiety and I can’t sleep. Plus punitive damages, too. They (are) gonna pay.”