Alexandra Trent, who acted as a surrogate for Bravo’s “Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis, is suing Lewis, his partner, the network, and the production company for alleged invasion of privacy, fraud, and unlawful recording.
Trent acted as a surrogate mother to Lewis and his partner Gage Edward in 2016.
According to Variety, the lawsuit she filed says the network filmed her birth without her knowing and the show’s couple embarrassed her on the show by making “disgusting” comments. The episode that showed her giving birth aired last August.
In it, Lewis talked about Trent’s vagina, saying:
“If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed.”
Another comment he made was:
“And that was the shocking part for Gage. I don’t think Gage had ever seen a vagina, let alone one that big.”
On June 13, Lewis took to Twitter to address the lawsuit:
I guess we won’t be using her again. ? https://t.co/iYrRI7f9k5
— Jeff Lewis (@JLJeffLewis) June 13, 2018
He posted a link to the Variety article with the caption:
I guess we won’t be using her again.
Lewis also spoke to People about the lawsuit. He said he and Edward were completely blindsided by it and it upsets him because he doesn’t want this to tarnish the “most amazing experience of his life.”
“We are just devastated. I thought we had a nice relationship, a friendship. We treated her like an extended member of the family. So you can imagine this is pretty stunning.”
Trent met the couple after she responded to a Craigslist ad for a surrogate.
When she agreed to be the surrogate mother, she didn’t want to put her life on display. She then allegedly agreed to film the ultrasound appointments to help promote surrogacy as an option, but said she didn’t agree to film the birth, according to the Daily Mail.
Variety reports that Trent alleges that on the day of the birth, the camera crew filmed it from behind a curtain without her or the doctor knowing.
Lewis responded to Trent’s claims, saying:
“It was part of her agreement, it was all tied in. So how do you now say that you didn’t know you were being filmed? It’s a broad appearance release!
“And not only did she sign an appearance release as part of our surrogacy contract, I believe she signed it as a separate appearance release with the production company. And she signed a nondisclosure agreement, which she now violated. So what’s the point of legal agreements if you’re just going to disregard them all?”
He added that their show is not a “hidden camera show”:
“There were moments where there were two, three, four cameras. Everybody was mic-ed. There was a boom, there was a producer. There were production assistants. […] So how do you now say you didn’t know you were being filmed? It’s unbelievable.”
The surrogate mother allegedly found out about the episode after it aired, when a business associate informed her about it, the Daily Mail reports.