The surrogate who carried Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward’s daughter Monroe is suing the couple, Bravo, and the production company behind Flipping Out. She claims that she did not consent to the birth being filmed and she was shocked to see that on TV.
Now, the surrogate has the support of the doctor in the delivery room who just verified her version of events. This one is bound to get ugly.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Dr. Lindsey Cafferata filed a declaration in support of Alexandra Trent, the surrogate. The doctor claimed that she “heard Ms. Trent inform the show producers that she did not want to be filmed while she gave birth as she did not want her reproductive organs displayed on television.” To be fair, her organs were not actually “displayed on television” since they were blurred out, but pretty much anyone would be upset if she genuinely had no idea the birth was filmed for the show.
The doctor also substantiates the surrogate’s claim that Jeff and Gage wanted to “film the birth for home use,” not for the show.
In her declaration, the doctor said, “On the day of the birth, I assumed my statement was being respected as I did not see any cameras in the labor room before labor started. I was also not notified by Defendants that they were going to film the birth as they had done previously with other medical procedures. It appears from the show episode that Defendants were filming the birth from behind a curtain.” Were they “filming it from behind the curtain”? Or were they openly filming for “home use”? Very unclear. Maybe production filmed these conversations and can verify what they actually agreed from. Now wouldn’t that be ironic?
The surrogate said the release she signed was just to film one appearance and that she would have to sign other releases for additional appearances. Of course, Jeff, Gage, and Bravo maintain that none of these claims are true. Ironically enough, this could make for some interesting content on the show, if they would be allowed to discuss it, which they probably aren’t.
TELL US- WHO DO YOU BELIEVE: JEFF, GAGE, BRAVO, & THE PRODUCTION COMPANY OR THE SURROGATE AND THE DOCTOR FROM THE DELIVERY ROOM?
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