Not that they ever seemed to be too worried about it, but the Duffer brothers can now rest easy as the lawsuit that made claims of plagiarism against them for Stranger Things have now been dropped. Plaintiff Charles Kessler has seen enough to convince him that the Duffers did not steal Stranger Things from him.
Kessler had claimed the Duffers took the idea for Stranger Things from him during a meeting they had at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. An abrupt end to a trial that has been building for about a year now, and appeared as if it was going to cause some trouble for both Netflix and the Duffer brothers. You can check out a statement from Kessler below.
“After hearing the deposition testimony this week of the legal expert I hired, it is now apparent to me that, whatever I may have believed in the past, my work had nothing to do with the creation of Stranger Things,” said Kessler in a statement Sunday. Documents from 2010 and 2013 prove that the Duffers independently created their show. As a result, I have withdrawn my claim and I will be making no further comment on this matter.”
The documents must be pretty convincing for Kessler to drop the lawsuit this fast after pursuing it for over a year and set to go to trial.
You can find a statement from Netflix below.
“We are glad to be able to put this baseless lawsuit behind us. As we have said all along, Stranger Things is a ground-breaking original creation by The Duffer Brothers. We are proud of this show and of our friends Matt and Ross, whose artistic vision gave life to Stranger Things, and whose passion, imagination and relentless hard work alongside our talented cast and crew made it a wildly successful, award-winning series beloved by viewers around the world.”
If you ask me, there seemed to be something unusual about Kessler’s story from the beginning, it didn’t seem to have much solid ground to stand on. Now I don’t know Kessler’s intentions, and this is just speculation on my part, but it appears as if he pushed this as far as he could, and then realized he had a very slim chance at winning and decided to let it go.
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