Alexandra Trent, the woman who acted as a surrogate for Jeff Lewis and Edward Gage’s daughter Monroe, has dropped her lawsuit.
After Trent waved the white flag, I investigated to see who paid Trent off. Short answer? Bravo/NBCu.
How Did The Payoff Happen?
Bravo’s legal term provided Trent’s counsel with a copy of her appearance release. The surrogate signed the standard release for a non-paid appearance on a Bravo show. Most people who sign these have never read them. I doubt she did either. There is a clause regarding defamation. It states that Bravo has the right to defame the signatory in perpetuity with little recourse.
Even If Trent Moved To Jupiter, Bravo Still Owns Her Childbirth Scenes
The actual verbiage of the appearance release is kind of hysterical in its overkill. Bravo (actually the production company, Endemol) reserves the rights to use footage “by any means and in any medium now known or hereafter devised in all languages throughout the universe in perpetuity.” It doesn’t say, “and her vagina too” but it seems to be implied. Is all that really necessary? They also have the rights to allow other people to use it. And this is the release for unpaid people! That is not an Endemol release, it’s from another production company that films for Bravo, but they are all essentially the same. Doesn’t Endemol sound like some sort of prescription medication for diarrhea? Or maybe nausea? I’m serious. Isn’t there a medication by that name?
Basically, these sorts of cases are legally bound to settlement via arbitration. The private arbitration is their only form of recourse. This system strongly favors Bravo/NBCu. Is that fair? Nope. But it is legal. And contracts don’t have to be fair.
The thing is, Trent had a judge who was willing to hear the case. The judge also denied a motion by Jeff Lewis and Edward Gage’s attorney that asked for the case to be sealed. Those are two actions that seemed to benefit Trent in her case moving forward.
Also, in my opinion, there is defamation, and then there is filming a woman’s vagina without her consent. This was the primary argument in her lawsuit. Trent claims that she was unaware that cameras were filming her vagina as she was giving birth. She was also unaware that there was any intention to use any birthing footage for any use other than private use by the parents.
Here Is A Reminder of the Vile Behavior By Both Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward Before and During Monroe’s Birth
In addition, it would be beyond the scope of all rational expectations that a father of the baby being born would be saying insulting things about the vagina that is delivering his child. This is not something that a person could be expected to reasonably anticipate while signing a document that signatories generally have no opportunity to read. Would that be a viable argument in a court of law? We will never know.
Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward also had attorneys show documents to the surrogate. Trent was shown the nondisclosure agreement with Jeff Lewis’s loan-out corporation. I presume that she had some sort of counsel look over that document. However, by all accounts even that meeting was rushed. Those attorneys informed Trent that agreement covers her during the trial. In other words, she was told that she could not testify to anything covered by the NDA. I do not believe that to be true. I believe that testimony could be given in camera. If so, the testimony would been excluded from the public record just as Jeff Lewis desired. But that is just my opinion as a fake Internet attorney. 🙂
So What Did She Get To Drop The Case?
Short answer? Almost nothing. Or less than nothing. Tamara Tattles sources exclusively report the pay out was in the ballpark of $10k. That probably won’t even cover her legal fees. I was shocked at that figure as Bravo has a reputation of paying for things to go away. Allegedly. So the streets say. Jeff Lewis didn’t pay a dime. That doesn’t surprise me.
In Other Jeff Lewis News, He Still Sucks At Relationships
As I was working on this post today (legal posts take forever), people were updating me on Jeff’s radio show. Jeff had been on three whole dates (one apparently overnightish) with a chiropractor who had asked that he not discuss their relationship on his radio show.
So of course Jeff discussed their relationship on his radio show. He literally said he agreed not to, but did it anyway because the guy doesn’t listen to his show. Apparently, the guy does read People and found out about it via one of their articles. Jeff said, “I’ve got some bad news for everybody. The chiropractor dumped me last night. I tried really hard to put that back together, but it [the argument] just kept going on and on and on. But I apologized and I was accountable.”
I don’t think Jeff Lewis knows what being accountable means. He still hasn’t learned that an apology doesn’t have to be accepted. Sometimes, an apology is not enough. Just ask Alexandria Trent.