Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis apologized for his “disgusting” comments on the show about his surrogate.
Lewis and the surrogate, who gave carried and gave birth to his 19-month-old daughter, Monroe Christine, was very good before he made a joke about the woman’s private area during an episode of Flipping Out.
Alexandra Trent carried the baby for nine months and had been seen on several episodes for over two seasons.
An episode in season 10, which was filmed on October 25, 2016, and was aired on August 31, 2017, showed Trent’s delivery.
She was with Lewis, his partner Gage Edward, and the Flipping Out camera crew in the hospital room.
It was a happy and emotional moment for the group but it turned sour after Lewis made a joke that Trent felt offended and embarrassed with.
Edward and Lewis did interviews for the show that were pre-filmed and to be inserted in the episode.
Lewis jokingly pointed out that if he were a surrogate and he knew that other people would see the delivery, he probably would have waxed.
According to Trent, she had never been more insulted and eventually decided to file a lawsuit, claiming that she had been “deeply damaged” by the comment, as revealed by the complaint gathered by People.
The lawsuit filed on June 19th also came with an accusation for Bravo and the Flipping Out producers, Authentic Entertainment, of having her private part filmed without her permission.
Trent claimed that she never agreed to have the delivery filmed and it allegedly “caused incredible anguish, self-loathing, contempt and depression” for her.
48-year-old Lewis spoke to People via phone and expressed how surprised he and Edward were by the suit, suggesting they were blindsided.
He pointed out that he and Edward thought they had built a good relationship with the surrogate and added that they treated her as an extended member of their family.
He also expressed how upset he was because the altercation had tarnished the most special experience of his life.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to this woman for birthing our child. We are indebted to her… we are so completely grateful to her, because without her, we wouldn’t have Monroe. But on the other hand, these are fabricated claims and are completely bogus and without merit. This smells to me like a financial shakedown,” said Lewis.
Lewis admitted that he did not remember making the joke since he had filmed hours upon hours for the show, but he also realized that it was “a poor attempt at humor” when he watched the episode.
Prior to the suit, Trent talked to their surrogacy attorney and expressed how upset she was with Lewis and his comment.
The star was quick to send her flowers and an apology letter afterward, which was why he thought everything was okay.
In fact, Lewis shared that he and Edwards had kept contact with Trent even after the episode aired.
She allegedly sent them gifts as the couple also sent her updates and pictures of the baby.
“That’s what’s so insane to me. I thought this was over,” said Lewis.
Trent has been seeking damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy, and fraud.
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