In today’s increasingly litigious world, this may not be a first in history, but it’s got to be true that Sofia Vergara is the first major celebrity to be sued by her own embryos.
Page Six and Fox News reported that a right-to-live lawsuit filed Tuesday in Louisiana listed female embryos “Emma” and “Isabella” as plaintiffs in court papers, which come amid a particularly contentious legal battle between the “Modern Family” star and her former fiancé, multi-millionaire Nick Loeb.
Loeb already has sued Vergara in California for custody of the embryos, which were created in 2013 before the couple broke up.
According to Fox, the potentially landmark new case in Louisiana — a pro-life state that offers special legal protections for frozen embryos — also lists the embryos’ “trustee” James Carbonnet as a plaintiff.
The suit contends that Emma and Isabella have been deprived of an inheritance from a trust created for them, and asks that the embryos be given to Loeb so they can live and receive the trust.
Loeb, who spends his time in New York and Florida, graduated from Tulane University and serves as a reserve police officer in Louisiana.
In observance of International Human Rights Day on Saturday, artists Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis (aka Diaz Lewis) are inviting guests to make a pillow as part of their interactive political art piece “34,000 Pillows,” which brings to light a mandate for U.S. immigration agencies to maintain a “bed quota” of 34,000 detained immigrants per day.
The project is one component of “FOR-SITE’s Home Land Security,” an exhibit in San Francisco’s Presidio addressing the concept of boundaries in politics.
Drop-in pillow workshops run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Winfield Scott (at Langdon Court) in the Presidio. While it’s free to make a pillow, visitors also may purchase one to take home for $159 (the daily cost for detaining an immigrant); proceeds benefit Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit research and advocacy group.
Another art space in The City bites the dust.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Bay area choreographer Scott Wells is bidding goodbye to DanceGround Keriac, his dance-performance space at 1805 Divisadero St., which, he says, “is being lost because of gentrification and eviction.”
“Goodbye DanceGround” is a benefit to celebrate the space and its dancers, and raise money for move-out costs.
Featured performers include Scott Wells & Dancers, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Keith Hennessy, Jassem Hindi, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Nita Little and the Divisadero research company, Rosemary Hannon and Miriam Wolodarsky, and Cathy Caraker and Katarina Ericksson.
Also on the program: Rituals to bless the ghost of studio founder Keriac (aka Frances Gamache), who established the space in 1991 and died in 2005.
Actress AnnaSophia Robb is 23. … Oakland Raider David Amerson is 25. … Rapper Nicki Minaj is 34. … Singer Ingrid Michaelson is 37. … Singer Sinead O’Connor is 50. … Actress Teri Hatcher is 52. … Actress Kim Basinger is 63. … Screenwriter Nancy Meyers is 67. … Singer Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals is 68. … Singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers is 69. … Singer Jerry Butler is 77.
— Staff, wire reports 000 Pillows34Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-PereraCara Megan LewisDanceGround KeriacembryosFOR-SITE’s Home Land SecuritylawsuitNick LoebPresidioright to liveScott WellsSofia Vergara