In 2013, Albany, New York resident Christopher Janes Kimberley put together a pitch for an illustrated children’s book called “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys and Girls Smart.” Thinking he had an award-winning book, he presented it to the president of Penguin Young Readers US, a division of the global publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House, according to the New York Post.
But they never replied. Instead, 56-year-old Kimberley claims the president of the company, Jennifer Loja, handed his ideas to none other than former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Kimberley filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming that Clinton’s New York Times bestseller “She Persisted” is an imitation of “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys and Girls Smart” — and an insulting one at that.
He explained, “I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment. I am in disbelief.”
Kimberley claims that Clinton stole key quotes and images from his book, then profited from them with her own version of his book. He sent a “cease and desist” letter to Clinton in April, but she ignored it and continued her book tour, according to Heatstreet.
Kimberley’s book features 15 women he felt were instrumental in American history. Clinton’s book contains 13, three of them being same as the ones Kimberley featured and allegedly bearing striking similarities in how they were composed.
Now Kimberley has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit and is demanding $150,000 in damages from Clinton for profiting off his ideas. The irony in Kimberley’s claim, for some, is that both his book and Clinton’s are feminist in nature. In other words, Clinton may have stolen her feminist book ideas from a man.
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