Bravo gets sued by 'Flipping Out' star Jeff Lewis' surrogate for filming her giving birth without her permission
In her lawsuit, the surrogate claims that although the show agreed at her request to not film the birth itself, they secretly did so anyway
It's clearly not a done thing to do when you film a woman's lady parts without her permission, and Bravo TV is now learning it the hard way. The television network has been accused of filming the birth of 'Flipping Out' star Jeff Lewis’s child in 2016, without actually asking the permission of the surrogate mother Alexandra Trent, and is being sued for the same, Variety reports.
According to the allegations made by Trent, she had agreed to act as a surrogate for Lewis and his partner, Gage Edward, but had not anticipated that she would be part of a TV show. In her lawsuit, the surrogate claims that although the show agreed at her request to not film the birth itself, secretly did so anyway.
She was also pretty livid about her blurred-out vagina ending up on TV, something that she had not given a nod to at all. She was also pretty appalled that Lewis had commented on her blurred lady parts, saying “If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed.”
He added, “And that was the shocking part for Gage. I don’t think Gage had ever seen a vagina, let alone one that big.” In her filed suit, Trent also mentioned that neither she nor her doctor, who was assisting the delivery, were aware of it being shot on camera.
In the details of her surrogacy, Trent said she was only aware of herself getting filmed when she attended appointments for her ultrasounds. However, when the episode of her giving birth aired last August, she was completely shocked, and later realized that Lewis and Edwards knew that the filming was taking place.
According to reports, Trent is suing Bravo for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy, and fraud. In her lawsuit, she claims that “In their quest for ratings, Defendants have deeply damaged Trent and have caused incredible anguish, self-loathing, contempt, and depression.”
Although Lewis is not a stranger to being sued, this lawsuit is definitely more devastating and damaging for him, especially cosidering the rude comments he made regarding the women who birthed his child, while she was giving birth. The reality show star is both the leading man and executive producer for 'Flipping Out', the show that follows his design career.
However, Lewis is widely known or his blunt comments and lack of a filter. Recently, the reality tv star became involved in a feud with 'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Vicki Gunvalson, who said that Lewis “body shamed” her.
However, the designer refuted the claims, and in a statement, said, “So let me explain. I do not think Vicki is fat. I did not imply that she was fat. What I said is that she doesn’t look thin, and I’ll tell you why I said that. Every season, the clothes get tighter and tighter, and the dresses get shorter and shorter, and it’s flat-out not flattering.”
Bravo is yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit but all eyes are on them to see their take will be on this bizarre but important lawsuit.