The apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. According to the Daily Mail, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has been accused by author Christopher Janes Kimberley of stealing ideas from a book he published in 2013 and used them as the basis for her feminist children’s book, “She Persisted.”
Kimberley, 56, has filed a federal lawsuit in New York against Clinton, 37, and her publisher, Penguin Random House. The suit accuses both defendants of copyright infringement.
The Daily Mail claims to be in receipt of court documents that reveal Kimberley is seeking $150,000 in damages and profits.
Kimberley’s own book, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” was published as a three-volume set suitable for children of all ages.
The suit turns on the contents of a “Quotable Questionnaire” in Kimberley’s book that consits of 15 quotes of and stories about historical figures such as Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly. Clinton’s book features 13 quotes and stories including those three women.
Kimberley also maintains that Penguin Random House was one of the publishers to whom he sent the proposal for his book but that he never heard back from them.
This is not the first time that the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and two-time hopeful Hillary Clinton has been accused of wrongdoing. During the run-up to the 2016 election, a leaked email from Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band to John Podesta alerted the campaign chairman that an investigation into allegations that Chelsea had used Foundation cash to fund her wedding and to pay taxes.
Clinton’s book is currently number one on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s picture books.