Tyler Perry has filed a lawsuit against 27-year-old Joshua Sole after he allegedly showed up at Tyler Perry Studios uninvited.
Perry filed for a protective order Monday in Fulton County Superior Court against Joshua Sole, 27, of Dunwoody, who was booked into the county jail Friday for criminal trespass at Tyler Perry Studios.
Sole is trying to intimidate him, Perry says in the lawsuit.
Sole had tried to contact Perry Thursday with no success, the lawsuit said. He apparently was so determined to get a face-to-face with the movie makerthat the lawsuit said he disengaged the power to disable the alarms and surveillance equipment at the studio in southwest Atlanta.
Then he climbed into the studio through a suspended ceiling, the lawsuit said.
Atlanta Police said they got a call about an intruder at the Tyler Perry Studio on Thursday. When officers arrived around 6 p.m., the were informed by the head of security that an “employee Joshua Sole has been acting weird” and had barricaded himself in a room where the administrative offices were located, according to the incident report.
At the time, the security head was puzzled by how 27-year-old Sole had gained access to the room.
Perry is asking the court to ban Sole from coming within 500 feet of him, and to compel Sole to undergo psychological evaluation and treatment as well as pay Perry at least $100,000. The studio executive will let a jury decide if he deserves more compensation, the lawsuit said.
The suit also states that Tyler doesn’t consider the man to be dangerous.
So, our question is — what on earth could this man possibly want with Mr. Perry?