Chelsea Clinton is being charged in a federal lawsuit over her children’s book, “She Persisted,” after an upstate NY author claimed that the Clinton stole some ideas from him.
Christopher Janes Kimberley is seeking up to $150,000 in compensation from Chelsea Clinton and Penguin Random House for copyright infringement.
Kimberley says he pitched a very similar idea to the publishing house, and instead of taking it, they passed the idea off to Chelsea.
The Daily Caller reports:
Kimberley claims he pitched his children’s book, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” to the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, back in May of 2013. But, instead of choosing to publish his book, the little-known writer believes she passed the idea over to Clinton.
“I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment,” Kimberley told the New York Post. “I am in disbelief.”
Clinton’s “She Persisted” was published on May 30 and is now on the New York Times best seller list. Kimberley filed a cease and desist order in April to stop more of the books from being published.
In the lawsuit Kimberley claims that at least three of the same quotes from his book appear in Clinton’s–all from inspiring women including Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly, the New York Post reports. The historical quotes are also accompanied by similar illustrations, the Albany-based author claims.
Clinton’s book is based on “13 American Women Who Changed The World” and is an “unauthorized reproduction of [Kimberly’s] work,” the lawsuit claims. “The appearance of impropriety is striking.”
Let’s see if Chelsea has inherited her parents’ skill of escaping investigations and getting away with things.