Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, of Albany, is suing the former first daughter and Penguin Random House for copyright infringement, seeking up to $150,000, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Southern District of New York court.
The writer is claiming that Chelsea Clinton ripped off his idea for a book. Chelsea’s feminist kids book, “She Persisted, was published and is on the New York Times best seller list which means there’s serious money being made from it. This could be a big problem for her.
Kimberley claims his 2013 illustrated kids book, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” features quotes from at least three of the same inspiring women that Clinton uses in the book, according to the court documents.
He claims he sent the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, a book pitch via Facebook in May 2013 and she passed off his idea to Clinton, according to the lawsuit.
In “She Persisted,” Clinton cites Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly in the “Quotable Questionnaire” section of the book— a concept she swiped from Kimberly, the suit states.
Clinton’s book also features 13 historical women “front and center on the book cover,” which is “an unauthorized reproduction of [Kimberly’s] own work,” according to the lawsuit.
H/T: American Lookout