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Chelsea Clinton Sued: Children's Writer Claims She Stole His Idea for 'She Persisted'
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14 Jul 2017 11:13 AM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Cover of Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted (Image Source: Philomel Books / Penguin Random House via Amazon)

Chelsea Clinton is being sued by a writer who claims she stole his idea for his children's book, She Persisted.

Christopher Janes Kimberley filed a federal lawsuit in New York against Chelsea Clinton and Penguin Random House. He's accusing the First Daughter of copyright infringement and "ripping off" his book. The children's book that's now a New York Times Best Seller is a fraud, according to Kimberley.

He wrote and published the book, A Heart Is The Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart. It's an illustrated children's book that features three volumes and 42 sections. It was inspired by rhymes that the 56-year-old author created for his niece and nephew back in 2013.

"The conceptual core of her book is from our book," Kimberley told News Channel 13. "It wound up morphing into a three volume, sort of a gargantuan effect."

His book includes the section, "The Quotable Questionnaire," which features inspirational quotes from Hellen Keller, Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, among others. Clinton's children's book is about historical women who changed the world and includes the quotes featured from the same women.

"Along with promoting in their liner notes that it's about Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, and Nellie Bly. When I saw that it was a head shaking moment," Kimberley added.

Court documents reveal that Kimberley is seeking $150,000 in damages and additional profits from Clinton. He also accused the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, of receiving the submission, reading it over, taking his idea, and handing it over to Clinton. Kimberley claims Clinton's book infringed upon his own work by including the same famous quotes from historical women.

Earlier this year, he read Clinton's book. He immediately noticed the similarities between his and hers. Kimberley sent a "cease and desist" letter to Clinton and the publisher back in April, before the book hit bookstores. He claims that they ignored his letter. Clinton and her team didn't back down. She continued to promote her book and released it like usual.

She Persisted is now No. 1 on the New York Times best-selling children's book list. It's also No. 1 on Amazon listed under the children's women biographies section. Kimberley took to his Facebook page to state that he's critical of both Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, where Chelsea services as Vice Chair. Kimberley's political views are prominent on his social media accounts.

Therefore, Kimberley is seeking $150,000 in damages. He claims that this issue is not over money. He self-published and offered his book for free on the internet from the day he wrote it.

Penguin House released a statement regarding this matter.

"This claim is entirely without merit. Penguin Random House is thrilled to have published She Persisted, which celebrates remarkable American women and the contributions they have made to this country and the world. We are very proud of this children's book and will take all necessary steps to defend it."

Chelsea Clinton did not respond to the media for requests for comments on this matter.

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