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10/28/2010 08:55 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Oprah Sued For Plagiarism

A Philadelphia writer is suing Oprah for plagiarism, claiming the talk show queen lifted passages from his book for a 2009 episode of her show.

Charles Harris claims in a lawsuit that he sent Oprah ten copies of his booklet, How America Elects Her Presidents, in 2008. He alleges that on a February 16, 2009 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah read exact questions directly from his book.

Harris claims that "the language and structure of the questions were exactly the same" and added that Oprah "was also highly praising of the information contained in the booklet."

"We have not been served in this lawsuit," an Oprah spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer in declining to comment.

Harris is seeking $150,000 for each intentional unlawful use of his copyrighted material as well as money to cover damages and lost profits.