LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — She’s known for having some of the best genes in Hollywood — now Sofia Vergara’s DNA is at the center of a lawsuit brought forth on behalf of her own unborn children.
Lori Meyers, a reproductive attorney, thinks a lawsuit filed by Vergara’s ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, on behalf of two fertilized embryos the couple created more than three years ago likely won’t go anywhere.
The female embryos are listed as “Emma” and “Isabella” in the right-to-life lawsuit filed in Louisiana.
“I think she feels violated!” said Meyers. “I think he’s trying to take advantage of a potentially more pro-life state and in a political environment where things may be in flux.”
Vergara and Loeb have a signed contract that says both parties need to agree on any decision involving the embryos.
Loeb wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last year, stating that he has always dreamed of becoming a parent and doesn’t want any money or support from the Modern Family star.
Loeb originally filed suit last year in California, claiming the contract didn’t specify what would happen to the embryos if the couple split up.
“California is very clear that it follows a property model, and what that means once the embryos are formed, they are the personal property of those people,” Meyers said. “Even though they are not married, they’re still considered their joint personal property and have to agree on their outcome.”
In a statement, Vergara’s Los Angeles attorney says a Los Angeles judge was going to rule on the actresses request to dismiss the case next week.
“Apparently Mr. Loeb and his counsel, knowing that he was about to lose, decided to attempt to save face by taking their proverbial ball and going home,” the attorney said.
He goes on to accuse Loeb, a businessman, of using Vergara to keep himself in the public eye.
“If it is really a family that Loeb wants, he should hire a surrogate and an egg donor and create one without dragging Vergara through another unnecessary legal battle,” he said.
Vergara’s ex-fiancée claims he just wants to be a dad and doesn’t want money or support from the actress.
The actress’s ‘s L.A. attorney says he has yet to see this new lawsuit.