Ricky Gervais 'sued over Flanimals'
12th August 2010
Comedian Ricky Gervais is being sued for plagiarism by a little-known author over his 2004 children's book Flanimals.
Norwich-based John Savage, 44, has lodged a writ with the High Court that alleges the Office star based Flanimals on his 2000 work Captain Pottie's Wildlife Encyclopaedia.
In his court documents, Savage claimed that both books are 'broadly the same in content and character', saying they share 'a whimsical take on the animal kingdom through the use of drawings and text'.
The writer told the BBC that the next stage is for the High Court to send a copy of the writ to Gervais' lawyers, after which they will have a fortnight to defend or accede to the request for compensation.
A spokeswoman for Gervais commented: 'This story goes back several years, when John Savage first made contact with Ricky Gervais' representatives.'
She also claimed the actor has proof that he conceived of Flanimals before Savage published his work.
Flanimals was followed by More Flanimals, Flanimals Of The Deep, Flanimals: The Day Of The Bletchling and Flanimals - A Complete Natural History.