Jessica Simpson is reportedly being sued for partaking in a baby picture conspiracy with OK! Magazine and Getty Images.
Jessica Simpson, 32, is being sued for allegedly posing with a Louisiana couple’s infant and passing off the child as her own on the cover of the celebrity weekly magazine.
According to the suit, originally reported by The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Jessica Simpson was involved in the plot to make more money after she had already signed a six-figure deal with another publication for the rights to the first pictures of her actual child.
Christopher Hurst and Tracy Gregory took their teenage daughter and infant son to the Dillard’s department store in Metairie on October 2011 to meet Jessica Simpson, who was promoting her clothing line, according to the lawsuit.
As they were standing in line to get the star’s autograph, Christopher Hurst alleges a stranger suggested he allow Jessica Simpson – who was pregnant with her first child at the time – to hold the infant.
Jessica Simpson sued for passing off Christopher Hurst and Tracy Gregory’s child as her own in baby picture conspiracy
Christopher Hurst agreed, but when he handed his son to Jessica Simpson, “at least one previously unseen photographer hurriedly moved to the front of the line and began taking pictures of the child”, alleges the suit.
The couple were taken aback when months later OK! Magazine published the picture of Jessica Simpson with their child on the cover of its April 16, 2012 issue.
The headline read, My First Days as a New Mom, giving the impression that it was Jessica Simpson’s baby.
The lawsuit claims another publication had paid Jessica Simpson $800,000 to publish her first baby picture, but that she and OK! devised the plan to pass off another baby as her own in order to make more money.
The infant’s parents claim they were never offered and therefore never signed a release form allowing their son’s photo to be used.
The couple are suing Jessica Simpson, OK! Magazine, and Getty Images – who had the photos for sale or licensing on its website until March – for damages in excess of $75,000.
“What happened in this situation was wrong,” said Michael North, the couple’s attorney.
“It’s not something that ever should happen. Our immediate aim is to find out how it happened and why it happened and determine who is responsible.”
Rumors that Angelina Jolie is pregnant with another set of twins have been spread in recent days.
However, Angelina Jolie certainly hasn’t been rocking a noticeable baby bump at the slew of recent award ceremonies she and Brad have been attending, but the dress she wore at the SAG Awards was a little bit suspicious – it was black and loose-fitting with a draped neckline that hung over her belly. So maybe she really was trying to hide a small tummy bulge.
There have been tons of tabloid rumors lately about Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston being pregnant, but so far none of them have turned out to be true. So is it possible that OK! Magazine’s claim that Angelina Jolie is pregnant with twin boys could be correct?
A source told OK! magazine that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were “thrilled” at how quickly she got pregnant this time and that they believe it was “meant to be”.
Angelina Jolie has stated in the past that she’s open to getting pregnant again, so maybe she decided that sooner is better than later. Right now Maddox is reportedly the only child that knows about the twins, but it’s hard to imagine him being able to keep them a secret from his five other siblings.
A source told OK! magazine that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were "thrilled" at how quickly she got pregnant this time and that they believe it was "meant to be"
Perhaps the pregnancy will give Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt a little break from their kids asking them to get married. Upon hearing the news, Maddox reportedly asked his parents if the new babies meant that they would finally decide to get married. However, once the twins do arrive, all the kids might be temporarily distracted by them and quit asking their dad to put a ring on it (at least for a little while).
The news of Angelina Jolie’s pregnancy also comes at a great time for Brad Pitt – he’s nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, and the voting ballots are being mailed out to Academy members today.
So maybe they’ll see the news and have Brad on the brain while they’re voting.
Of course it’s possible that this is just the latest in a long line of rumors about Angelina Jolie being pregnant. Another set of twins is almost too good to be true, and the timing is just too perfect – if she wanted to, Angelina Jolie could pull a Beyonce and steal the show at the Oscars by wearing something that shows off her bump.