Foxx and Perry sued by inmate

Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry have been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a convicted bank robber who claims the pair stole his ideas for their new film.

Foxx, Perry and Martin Lawrence star in new comedy Skank Robbers which tells the story of two female crooks and unites characters from the stars' other projects.

Lawrence revives his female alter-ego Sheneneh from his 1990s TV show Martin, with Foxx's Wanda from sketch show In Living Color and Perry's popular Madea character also appearing in the film.

However, Shamont Lyle Sapp, who is currently behind bars in Oklahoma, has filed a lawsuit alleging he gave Foxx and Perry the idea to unite the three characters in a movie project.

He is suing the stars for £625,000 each, while the legal papers also take aim at Fox Broadcasting and producer David Zuckerman, according to TMZ.com.