Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sofia Vergara is 'being sued be her own frozen embryos' in bitter fight with ex-fiancé

Actress Sofia Vergara attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)
Actress Sofia Vergara attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)
WORST: It feels like Sofia Vergara has been wearing different variations of the same dress for the last six years.
Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Sofía Vergara attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Sofía Vergara attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sofia Vergara celebrates the unveiling of the renovated Tiffinay & Co. Beverly Hills store at Tiffany & Co. on October 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actors Sofia Vergara (L) and Joe Manganiello attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Magic Mike XXL" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 25, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Sofia Vergara arrive for the premiere of the movie "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California
Actors Sofia Vergara (L) and Joe Manganiello attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara split with fiance Nick Loeb in May after an on/off romance.

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Sofia Vergara is reportedly being sued by her own fertilised eggs.

The ongoing custody battle between the Modern Family actress and her former fiancé Nick Loeb over frozen embryos appears to have become even more complicated, with Page Six reporting on Tuesday that a new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the fertilised eggs.

Loeb, 41, and Vergara, 44, froze the embryos as part of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in 2013, when they were still a couple.

After their engagement ended in 2014, the businessman sued Sofia in California for custody of the two eggs which remain frozen, a case which is still ongoing.

Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara split with fiance Nick Loeb in May after an on/off romance.
Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara split with fiance Nick Loeb in May after an on/off romance.

On Tuesday, it emerged that a suit had been filed on behalf of the two female embryos, naming them 'Emma' and 'Isabella' as plaintiffs in the case.

According to editors at the New York Post's Page Six, legal papers filed in the state, which has laws containing special protections for frozen embryos, contend that by not being born 'Emma' and 'Isabella' have been deprived of an inheritance from a trust that has been created for them in Louisiana.

The lawsuit also reportedly names a "trustee" for the fertilised eggs, James Carbonnet, as a plaintiff. It asks that the frozen embryos be handed to Loeb so that they can live and receive the trust set up for them.

The legal documents also reportedly contend that a contract Vergara and Loeb entered into at the California reproductive centre that administered the IVF treatment is invalid as it contravenes California and Louisiana law. The contract maintains that both parties' consent must be obtained for the eggs to be taken to term.

Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Sofia, who is now married to Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello, 39, has insisted through her lawyers that she wanted to keep the embryos frozen.

Last month (Nov16), the landmark legal battle took another bitter turn when a California Court of Appeals judge insisted Loeb reveal the names of two women who allegedly terminated their pregnancies while he was dating them 20 years ago.

He subsequently refused to reveal the names, telling the New York Post, "I would rather go to jail than reveal the names. I believe we have to protect a woman's right to privacy."

Actors Sofia Vergara (L) and Joe Manganiello attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Actors Sofia Vergara (L) and Joe Manganiello attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Magic Mike XXL" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 25, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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