It’s not about who wore it better, just about who wore it first.
Hedge fund performance coach Denise Shull says the creators of the hit TV show “Billions” are thumbing their noses at her. claims that she was the inspiration For one of their lead characters by dressing that character in one of her favorite outfits.
Shull – who’s working to revive her lawsuit against the “Showtime” show after it was tossed last year – says a “Billions” episode that aired on May 24 shows Wendy Rhoades, played by Maggie Siff, in a dress that appears identical to one Shull. wore in interviews that appeared on YouTube in early 2019.
“It’s a little hard to argue without the likelihood of confusion when my closet is raiding,” Shull told The Post of the distinctive navy blue pencil dress with an asymmetrical neckline that she wore during two video-recorded interviews last year.
Shull and her legal team think the folks behind “Billions” – including executive producers Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien – may have dressed the women as soon as the case was tossed in October. Neither Showtime nor lawyers for the defendants returned calls for comment, but the most recent season of “Billions” began filming late last year.
“It’s really surprised they would pull these stunts,” Shull said. “Maybe Koppelman wants to troll me – but it seems more like playing chicken with the court.”
Shull first sued the Showtime network and creators in 2018, alleging that they used her persona and aspects of her book, “Market Mind Games,” to create the Wendy Rhoades character, a performance coach at fictional hedge fund Axe Capital.
“Billions” co-creator and New York Times financial columnist Sorkin sought Shull’s help to develop the character, but she was never compensated, she said.
The case was tossed by a federal judge in October, but Shull and her new layers are back on the warpath. In January, they filed an amended complaint against the “Billions” team citing multiple instances in which Shull was contacted by people, including clients, congratulating her on the success of the series and Wendy Rhoades – or questioning if she, too, was a dominatrix. .
“If I was asked if I was a dominatrix once, I’d been asked that 100 times,” Shull said after the case was tossed last year. “Once their show started airing, I couldn’t escape comments from my clients, followers and audiences mentioning the similarity between Wendy and me.”
“We believe that we have a meritorious case and a meritorious motion and that there are ongoing and ongoing instances of using Denise’s persona and content,” said Shull lawyer Avi Turkel. “There is no greater evidence than when consumers in the marketplace are actually confused.”