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Looks like someone is going to get a sweet settlement in her future (with a bit of pureed spinach tucked inside).
An author today sued Jerry Seinfeld’s wife for allegedly plagiarizing a cookbook she wrote and also accused the comedian of defaming her as a “wacko” during an interview with David Letterman. In a federal lawsuit, Missy Chase Lapine alleges that Jessica Seinfeld “brazenly plagiarized” from her 2007 book “The Sneaky Chef” in the writing of Seinfeld’s own cookbook (both volumes focused on how to prepare healthy meals for finicky young eaters). When news stories appeared detailing similarities in the two books, Jerry Seinfeld launched a “malicious, premeditated, and knowingly false and defamatory attack” on Lapine, the complaint charges. As part of that campaign, Seinfeld went on Letterman’s show and described Lapine as “angry” and “hysterical.” He then compared her to the kind of “wackos” that had previously stalked Letterman. The comedian then added that Lapine was a “three-name woman” and “if you read history, many of the three-name people do become assassins.”
Update: The Seinfeld’s lawyer has now responded. The Seinfeld’s attorney Richard Menaker says of the claims, “Both are without merit. There’s no truth in fact or law to this claim of plagiarism. The idea for Jessica Seinfeld’s book came from her own experiences with her family out of her own kitchen.” As for the defamation claim, Menaker said, “Jerry Seinfeld is entitled to his opinions. Even though Jerry Seinfeld is a public figure, he doesn’t lose his right to free speech because of that.”