Los Angeles: Actor Reese Witherspoon has been sued by a writer who claims Gone Girl is a rip-off of a screenplay penned by her.
Witherspoon received various awards for producing the 2014 film Gone Girl.
A screenplay writer named Leslie Weller has claimed she wrote a screenplay called "Out of the Blue" back in 2005 and sent a copy of the same to a script consultant. That allowed someone to lift her work.
She says the book 'Gone Girl', which came out in 2012, is a rip off of her screenplay, reports tmz.com.
Mentioning similarities between the book and her screenplay, Weller said they both focus on a married couple's relationship where the husband and wife are slowly drifting apart.
"They both contain a key twist where the wife is not the nice, normal, and somewhat naive housewife and is in fact a psychopath who sets up her husband," she said.
Besides Witherspoon, Weller is also suing the book's author Gillian Flynn and the movie's director David Fincher. Witherspoon has not commented publicly about the lawsuit or Weller's claims.