Idris Elba has been forced to speak out against allegations of plagiarism after two female writers accused him of not crediting them for their work.
The writers claimed that they worked with him on his new stage play 'Tree,' which premiered at the Manchester International Festival in the UK this week.
Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley broke the incident down in a lengthy blog post, "Female writers removed from theatre production 'Tree' after working on it for four years. A production that claims it was created by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba and has failed to acknowledge the original writers for their work," the beginning of the post reads.
Idris vehemently denies the allegations:
“We wanted to offer an opportunity to support these new writers while creating a piece of work of scale and to a director’s vision,” he wrote.
“Tori and Sarah decided they didn’t want to pursue the early thoughts and declined to work any further on the project. This is not uncommon in the development process. They expressed their reasoning and we respected their decision. We were left without any writers and had to start work very quickly.”
“The outcome is an accusation of plagiarism and discrimination. However frustrating this has been for all, we will continue to offer opportunities and to support the next generation of writers and talent.”