Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling children’s book “She Persisted,” was stolen from another author, a federal lawsuit is claiming.
Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, of Albany, N.Y., is suing the former first daughter as well as her publisher, Penguin Random House, for copyright infringement.
Kimberley is seeking up to $150,000 in damages and any profits from The New York Times best seller, according to the lawsuit filed on Thursday.
“I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment,” he told The New York Post.
“I am in disbelief,” he added.
Kimberley said he sent a copy of his pitch for the illustrated children book titled, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” to Jennifer Loja, the president of Penguin Young Readers U.S., in May 2013.
Instead of publishing his book, Kimberley’s lawsuit claims that Loja passed the idea off to Chelsea Clinton.
“She Persisted,” which was published May 30, features at least three of the same quotes from historically significant women — Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly — as Kimberley’s book, along with similar images, Kimberley said.
Clinton’s illustrated book focuses on “13 American Women Who Changed the World” and is an “unauthorized reproduction of (Kimberly’s) work,” the lawsuit said.
The title, “She Persisted,” spawned from an exchange earlier this year between Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., where Warren objected to the confirmation of former Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general.
McConnell said Warren violated Senate guidelines by impugning a colleague with her remarks towards Sessions.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned,” McConnell said. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” he added, which inspired the title for the former first daughter’s book.
Kimberley said “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart” has been offered “free to the public” since 2014.
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