Chelsea Clinton has been hit with a lawsuit by a little-known author over her book, “She Persisted,” as the author claims she stole his idea, including quotes he had already prepared for his own book.
Clinton’s book, published May 30, has stayed at the top of the New York Times’ best-seller list for children’s picture books for the past five weeks.
“She Persisted” was written in reference to a comment Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made about Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren who broke parlimentary rules during confirmation hearings for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. McConnell’s comment, “nevertheless, she persisted,” was picked up by feminists and women’s rights activists.
However, author Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, has filed a federal lawsuit against Clinton, 37, for copyright infringement, and is seeking $150,000 in damages, in addition to profits from her book.
Kimberley alleges that he pitched an idea for an illustrated children’s book, titled, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys and Girls Smart,” to Penguin Young Readers US in May 2013.
Instead of publishing his book, Kimberley alleges that the publishing company’s president, Jennifer Loja, passed his ideas on to Clinton.
Kimberley said “She Persisted” includes at least three of the very same quotes from historical women, such as Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly, including similar images.
His lawsuit said Clinton’s book is an “unauthorized reproduction” of his own work.
According to the New York Post, Kimberley filed a cease and desist order in April to try to stop Clinton from publishing her book, to no avail.
“I am in disbelief,” Kimberly said. “I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment.”
Both Chelsea Clinton and Penguin Random House are named in his lawsuit.
Persistence has changed the course of history – I’m so excited to share stories of girls & women who didn’t take no for answer on May 30th! pic.twitter.com/IMWWou6kBX
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 16, 2017
In the following interview on the Today show, Clinton talks about her new book on the day it launched.
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