Tatyana Ali has been making news this week – first for filing a lawsuit against the producers of The Real for what she alleges is stealing her concept. And then, the actress, who announced her pregnancy and engagement to Stanford professor Dr. Vaughn Rasberry a few months back went and got married.
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Here comes the bride!
Tatyana Ali married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry during an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.
The daytime wedding, which Ali described as an “upscale Caribbean vibe,” was kept relevantly small.
“It’s just a little over a hundred people,” she said. “It’s our closest friends and family and that obviously includes a lot of people that I worked with over the years.”
The bride, wearing an off-white, fitted, silk Amsale gown walked down the aisle carrying white peonies and cream garden roses. Her bridesmaids wore tea length, raspberry-colored Amsale dresses.
During the ceremony, Ali and Rasberry shared their heartfelt, written vows with one another all while trying to cherish every moment.
“What I’ve heard from a lot of friends and people that have gone through weddings, is that it goes by fast,” she said. “I hope that we really get to savor every moment – just talking about all the things that we experienced and got to see and what people did and what they talked about. I hope that we don’t feel like, ‘Oh my god, it happened and now it’s done.’ I hope that we’re relaxed and kind of centered enough to really experience it.”
As for the lawsuit, somebody over at Warner Bros and Telepictures TV has got some ‘splainin’ to do. In court documents, the actress says she came up with the concept for The Real and pitched it to execs in 2012 but was told they “decided to decline.”
Interestingly, she points that The Real debuted about six months later as “a direct production” of the concept she came up with, according to the suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, reports Deadline.
“With a great deal of disappointment and complete disbelief,” the suit says, Ali “witnessed [her] concept come to life on major network television at the hands of the Defendant Corporations.”
Warner Bros did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment.
Ms. Ali’s suit (read it here) claims she came up with an idea for a reality-based daytime talk show with “a unique and innovative format, which featured an eclectic group of engaging female celebrity hosts, each aged within their 20’s and 30’s … designed to pique the interest of the younger side of the mid-life/mid-career female population and featured a variety of contemporary discussion topics in a relaxed and informal setting.” The Real – featuring co-hosts Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamara Mowry – premiered in July 2013 for a test run on Fox-owned stations.
“The five female host panel cast members very closely embody and mirror the personal and professional profiles of the specific and potential female celebrity hosts openly proposed in writing and in discussion by the Plaintiff during ‘pitch’ meetings she held with the Executives,” the suit says. “The Defendant Corporations did not at any time, directly or indirectly, acknowledge the use of the Plaintiff’s Concept.”
The show is now in national syndication and has been renewed through Spring, 2018.
The execs who were at that meeting in December 2012 were Hilary Estes McLoughlin, then-president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution, and Sheila Bouttier, who was SVP Development at Telepictures Productions. Both are named as defendants along with Warner Bros Entertainment, Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures.
The suit seeks unspecified damages from “all rightful gains, profits, and advantages derived by the Defendants” and the formation of a collective trust for Ali of “designated percentages of the proceeds resulting from past, current and future production and airing of The Real television program.”
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