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Writer Alleges Chelsea Clinton Stole Book Idea

| by Sheena Vasani
Former First Daugther Chelsea ClintonFormer First Daugther Chelsea Clinton

A New York writer is accusing former first daughter Chelsea Clinton of allegedly stealing his idea for her feminist children's book, "She Persisted."

"I did months of painstaking research on my book," said Christopher Janes Kimberley, the New York Post reports. "Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment. I am in disbelief."

Kimberley is now suing Clinton and Penguin Random House for copyright infringement, demanding they pay up to $150,000.

The man explains he pitched his book,  "A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart," to the publishing company in May 2013.

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Instead, he says the publisher handed his idea over to Clinton, who then allegedly copied three quotes from some of the same women Kimberley used in his book. After its release on May 30, Clinton's  "She Persisted" quickly became a best-seller, further upsetting Kimberley.

"[It is an] unauthorized reproduction of [Kimberley’s] work," court papers read.

"The appearance of impropriety is striking," Kimberley added in the lawsuit.

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While Clinton and Penguin Random House have yet to officially comment on the matter, many are already criticizing Clinton for the alleged plagiarism.

"A rotten tree produces rotten fruit," wrote one Daily Mail reader. "I would not put it past her to stoop this low."

"Chelsea Clinton is hardly a person who exemplifies a statement such as 'she persisted,'" said another. "Seriously - the children of the rich are beyond deluded with all their notions of hard work and persistence etc They are laughing stocks but are so secular and rarified that i suppose to them it doesn't matter."

"He should be suing for much more," chimed in a third. "Of course she ripped off someone else's idea. No Clinton ever had an original thought."

Others defended Clinton.

"Wait wait wait.... stealing quotes from famous people?" commented one. "And there were only 3 instances of overlapping quotes from the 13 people? And the book titles show the focus of the books is very different? And he hates her mom and tried to stop the book before it was published? I don't like the Clintons, but this guy should be laughed out of the room. Don't support stuff like this because sooner or later it'll happen to someone you like."

"Have no love for the Clinton's, but I doubt she had anything to do with producing the book, other than claiming credit," added another.

"People are quick to blame Chelsea solely because of her mother, at greater fault here is the President of Penguin who definitely did not disclose information to Chelsea regarding Kimberley," chimed in a third person.

Sources: New York Post, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia CommonsLorie Schaull/Flickr, Lorie Schaull/Wikimedia Commons

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