Given all the headlines about plagiarism today, I thought this was a timely story. In 1939, Chaplin won a federal suit brought against him by attorney Michael Kustoff, who claimed Chaplin had lifted the plot of Modern Times from his autobiography, Against Gray Walls.
Chaplin at the federal building following his victory in court.
Kustoff served as his own attorney and questioned Chaplin on the witness stand. Read the full story, plus some of the testimony, here:
|Los Angeles Times, November 19, 1939|