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Jessica Seinfeld Sued Over “Vegetable Plagiarism”

The Jessica Seinfeld controversy continues – and this time, Jerry’s wife isn’t laughing. (Wow, that sentence sounds so gossip blog…oh well, I’ll roll with it.) According to The Smoking Gun: “An author today sued Jerry Seinfeld’s wife for allegedly plagiarizing … Read More

By / January 9, 2008

The Jessica Seinfeld controversy continues – and this time, Jerry’s wife isn’t laughing. (Wow, that sentence sounds so gossip blog…oh well, I’ll roll with it.) According to The Smoking Gun:

“An author today sued Jerry Seinfeld’s wife for allegedly plagiarizing a cookbook she wrote and also accused the comedian of defaming her as a “wacko” during an interview with David Letterman. In a federal lawsuit, Missy Chase Lapine alleges that Jessica Seinfeld “brazenly plagiarized” from her 2007 book “The Sneaky Chef” in the writing of Seinfeld’s own cookbook (both volumes focused on how to prepare healthy meals for finicky young eaters).

When news stories appeared detailing similarities in the two books, Jerry Seinfeld launched a “malicious, premeditated, and knowingly false and defamatory attack” on Lapine, the complaint charges. As part of that campaign, Seinfeld went on Letterman’s show and described Lapine as “angry” and “hysterical.” He then compared her to the kind of “wackos” that had previously stalked Letterman. The comedian then added that Lapine was a “three-name woman” and “if you read history, many of the three-name people do become assassins.”

Perhaps Jerry should have shoved one of Jessica’s spinach-laced brownies into his mouth before going on Letterman? Seriously, though, how sad that all of this is happening over the noble act of convincing (okay, tricking) picky eaters into consuming more vegetables.

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