Sofia Vergara‘s embryo battle continues…
As we told you yesterday, a California judge ruled her former fianc├â┬⌐ Nick Loeb must submit the names of two of his ex-girlfriends who underwent abortions around 20 years ago.
A little background, the 41-year-old — whose pro-life stance is the basis of his suit — is looking to implant two frozen embryos he created with the Modern Family actress when they were together, in order to realize his dream of becoming a father. Vergara and Loeb wrote an agreement that neither party would be able to take any action regarding the embryos without the other’s consent — which is what Loeb is trying to get around.
The 44-year-old’s attorney Fred Silberberg is calling BS on Loeb’s intentions, claiming he’s only in this for “public exposure” due to Sofia’s A-list status.
When ordered to submit his exes for questioning, Loeb refuted:
“I’d rather go to jail than reveal the names. We have to protect a woman’s right to privacy.”
In a statement to Page Six, Silberberg responded to Loeb’s suit:
“Oddly, Loeb wants us to believe that he supports a woman’s right to privacy and to make a choice concerning reproduction. However, he seems to believe that his celebrity ex-fianc├â┬⌐e, Sof├â┬¡a Vergara, does not have those same rights, especially if it means giving him more public exposure.”
“Loeb, while claiming to be in support of the ├óΓé¼╦£right to life,’ disclosed that he had gotten two different women pregnant prior to his relationship with Vergara and that the pregnancies were terminated. As Vergara’s counsel, I wish to inquire of them as it directly relates to Loeb’s contentions that his beliefs in the ├óΓé¼╦£right to life’ are the bases for his asking the court to allow him to go against the written document he signed, and attempt to have the pre-embryos implanted into a surrogate over Vergara’s objections. Loeb’s actions prior to his relationship with Vergara seem contradictory to the claims he is making in this lawsuit and beg the question as to why is it that he finds it important to bring the pre-embryos created with Vergara, a public figure, to term but not the actual embryos created previously with two different women?”
After catching wind of the statement, the businessman told MailOnline:
“The constitutional right of privacy is used to allow a woman to end a pregnancy, but now California has waved it to end a life. So is it really about privacy or about ending lives, how can one use contradictory arguments to accomplish the same result? The truth is this is about the ability to destroy life, no matter at what the cost.”
And as far as his former girlfriends’ decision to terminate their individual pregnancies, he said:
“I always contended my beliefs in right to life came after and as a result of this, I never contended and have conceded that I didn’t have strong beliefs one way or another before this. And have never contradicted that. This is Sofia’s attempt to expose, intimidate, and humiliate women who have had abortions in order to get her way. We all know she has a pattern of this.”
Wow. What a mess!
We’ll keep you updated as the case progresses, but in the meantime, what do you make of all this?? SOUND OFF in the comments!
[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]