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Filmmaker Tyler Perry announces lawsuit against officer over missing Florida man

Filmmaker Tyler Perry and a prominent attorney have announced a lawsuit against a former Florida sheriff's deputy connected to the disappearance of two minority men almost 15 years ago.

Suit alleges Steve Calkins was responsible for Terrance Williams's death

Filmmaker Tyler Perry offered a $100,000 US reward in 2013 for information about the disappearances of two Florida men. He and an attorney announced a lawsuit against Steve Calkins in Terrance Williams's death. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Filmmaker Tyler Perry and a prominent attorney have announced a lawsuit against a former Florida sheriff's deputy connected to the disappearance of two minority men almost 15 years ago.

Perry and Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that the lawsuit in a state court alleges former Collier County deputy Steve Calkins was responsible for the death of Terrance Williams, a black man who disappeared in 2003.

Calkins, who is white, had picked him up after Williams's car broke down.

Calkins also was the last person seen with Felipe Santos, an illegal Hispanic immigrant who disappeared after the deputy arrested him following a fender-bender.

Perry offered a $100,000 US reward in 2013 for information about the disappearances.

Calkins was never charged but was fired for not co-operating with investigators.

He did not return a call seeking comment but he has said he dropped both men off at a convenience store.