The Short of It
On "Modern Family," the antics of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria, inspire laughs by the minute. But in real life, a lawsuit over the fate of her frozen embryos with ex-boyfriend Nick Loeb is far from a laughing matter.
Vergara is now engaged to hunky movie star Joe Manganiello, but for years she dated Nick Loeb and even tried to have a baby with him. The couple underwent at least two rounds of IVF and attempted to implant embryos in a surrogate twice, but they were not successful. Now Loeb is suing the Colombian star over the fate of the two remaining female embryos that are still intact. He wants to preserve them, while Vergara reportedly wants them to be destroyed.
The lawsuit, which refers to the couple as John and Jane Doe throughout, was originally filed in August 2014 and refiled on April 1, 2015 after Loeb got new representation. It "seeks to ensure that the Female Embryos are not destroyed, but Jane Doe [Sofia] refuses to agree to their preservation under all circumstances."
It goes on to state:
"John seeks to save from destruction two cryopreserved Female Embryos created using John's sperm and Jane's ova for the purposes of attempting to have children. However, before the Female Embryos could be implanted in a surrogate, the Parties ended their relationship."
Loeb is also suing the fertility clinic as he claims employees failed to provide the couple with documents that would determine the fate of the embryos in the case the two split up. He also says he was strong-armed by Sofia Vergara into agreeing to destroy the embryos in the case of death, an outcome he is very much against given his pro-life beliefs.
More dirty laundry that is being aired in the suit: Vergara was verbally and physically abusive to Loeb throughout their relationship. Meanwhile, the highest paid woman in television is yet to comment on the lawsuit or its claims.
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