An author has filed a federal lawsuit against former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, accusing her of “ripping off” his idea with her “She Persisted” children’s book, The Daily Mail reports.
Christopher Kimberley, 56, filed a lawsuit against Clinton and her publisher, Penguin Random House, accusing them of copy right infringement.
According to the report, Kimberley is seeking up to $150,000 in damages, as well as any profits from the book.
Kimberley says he wrote a children’s book called “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys and Girls Smart” in 2013 which contains 15 quotes and stories featuring historical figures. Clinton’s book has 13 stories and features several of the same figures.
Kimberley says he submitted his proposal to Penguin Random House but never heard back.
He says the publisher gave his idea to Clinton.
More, via Daily Mail:
Kimberley alleges Clinton’s book willfully infringed upon his work by including quotes and stories from the women in featured in his.
Earlier this year, he learned about Clinton’s book. Kimberley said he immediately noticed similarities, specifically from his ‘Quotable Questionnaire’ section.
Kimberley fired off a cease and desist to Clinton and the publisher in April before it hit bookstores.
Nevertheless, she continued to promote the book by going on morning shows like The Today Show and The View.
‘She Persisted’ is currently number one on the New York Times best selling children’s picture book list and on Amazon under the children’s women biographies section.