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Entertainment Bravo, 'Flipping Out' Couple Sued by Surrogate Mother, Accused of Filming Birth

23:55  13 june  2018
23:55  13 june  2018 Source:   thewrap.com

Flipping Out Star Jeff Lewis 'Blindsided' as Daughter's Surrogate Sues Bravo Over Filmed Birth

  Flipping Out Star Jeff Lewis 'Blindsided' as Daughter's Surrogate Sues Bravo Over Filmed Birth Jeff Lewis & his partner Gage Edward welcomed Monroe via surrogate Flipping Out stars Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward are “devastated” after news broke that the surrogate mother of their 1½-year-old daughter, Monroe Christine, is suing Bravo, claiming she never consented that the network could film her delivering the baby for the show. Alexandra Trent filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming that Flipping Out producers filmed her vagina without permission and that Lewis and Edward had personally humiliated her by making “disgusting” comments on the show, according to a complaint obtained by PEOPLE. Bravo, Authentic Entertainment, Lewis and Edward are all named in the suit, which was first reported by Variety. She is seeking damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud. Though reps for Bravo did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, Lewis, 48, told PEOPLE that the news took he and Edward by surprise. “This is like a blow to the head. We are completely blindsided by this,” Lewis said, via phone. “We are just devastated. I thought we had a nice relationship, a friendship. We treated her like an extended member of the family. So you can imagine this is pretty stunning.” “And this is where I’m so upset. Because, on one hand, I don’t want to tarnish this most amazing experience of my life,” he continued. “We couldn’t be more grateful to this woman for birthing our child.

Shocked: The reality TV stars and the show's network, Bravo , have been accused of filming and broadcasting the birth of their child Monroe without the consent of surrogate Alexandra Trent. ‘ Flipping Out ’ Surrogate Mom Sues Bravo Over Filmed Birth – Variety.

Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis and his partner Gage Edward‘s surrogate is suing Bravo after the network aired footage of her giving birth to their daughter Monroe without her consent, according to explosive documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.

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A woman who acted as a surrogated mother for "Flipping Out" star Jeff Lewis and his partner Gage Edward has filed a lawsuit against the couple and the show's network, Bravo

Alexandra Trent says that she gave birth to Lewis and Edward's daughter, Monroe, in 2016 and that the reality show's producers filmed the birth without her permission.

"Defendants filmed Trent's genitalia without her knowledge — and against her express prohibition — while she gave birth, then made crude and disgusting jokes about her genitalia and grooming in the pursuit of ratings," the lawsuit filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday states.

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"The highest levels of privacy are medical and sexual and the Defendants managed to violate both levels," it continues.

During the episode that aired in last August, Lewis says in a clip of the show: "If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed … And that was the shocking part for Gage. I don't think Gage had ever seen a vagina ..."

Trent signed a five-page release from production company AE when she first met with Lewis and Edward at a restaurant to discuss becoming their surrogate, but was told it only covered that initial meeting, she claims in the suit. She said she was later told that anything after the initial ultrasounds would require her to sign an additional release for them to be allowed to film.

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Susan Ring, a gestational carrier, was left with twins when their birth parents abandoned them during the surrogacy . Ring, who has been a gestational carrier for 11 years and had been a surrogate mother for eight babies, had previously birthed a son to the couple .

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"At the time of birth, there was no agreement to film the birth in any capacity," her lawsuit states. It claims that AE surreptitiously filmed her from behind a curtain with Lewis and Edward's approval.

"Trent and her doctor were not aware the birth was being filmed," the suit says.

The suit seeks damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud.

Representatives for Bravo did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

On Wednesday, Lewis posted on Instagram, "I guess we won't be using her again."

I guess we won’t be using her again.

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