Nick Loeb stands by the lawsuit he filed against his ex-girlfriend Sofia Vergara. In a statement to Us Weekly, Loeb tells Us he’s always dreamed of being a father and is committed to ultimately bringing their two embryos to life.
“I have always strongly believed that life begins at fertilization and that every embryo is a life on the journey towards birth. I created these two female embryos with the purpose of taking them to term and not destruction, because I have always dreamed of being a father,” the Onion Crunch creator tells Us via a statement. “I have previously offered to waive any parental or financial responsibilities or obligations on the part of my ex, and to even give her the opportunity to be involved with the child in the future, should she change her mind. I take the responsibility and obligation of being a parent very seriously,” his statement continues. “Creating an embryo in the natural way can lead to parenthood obligations, even where a man doesn’t want to become a father. Where a man does want to become a father, and wants to impose no obligations on the other party, he should have that corresponding right. However life comes to be created, it should have no determination on either the rights of wanting to be or the requirements of having to be a parent.”
Loeb’s statement comes after Vergara’s lawyer denied Loeb’s claims that she didn’t want to preserve the embryos and after Us Weekly revealed that the businessman and Modern Family actress had previously come to an agreement regarding the embryos. As detailed by a document provided to Us by Vergara’s camp, the exes agreed almost 17 months ago that the embryos will remain in a medical storage facility until further notice and, unless both parties sign documents in person to direct otherwise, the embryos will be stored indefinitely.
"The claims made against Sofia Vergara by Nick Loeb are uncredible and hold no merit,” her attorney Fred Silberberg told Us at the time. "Vergara has never wanted to destroy her embryos…and has never suggested that she wished to have the embryos destroyed…she has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb's statements to the contrary.”
Loeb’s rep previously told Us in a statement that it wasn’t a lawsuit, however, his legal team now tells Us that “Loeb made every effort to arrive at a private resolution of this very personal matter,” and that “when the egg donor refused to even agree to preserve the embryos under all circumstances, he was forced to file this anonymous lawsuit, which has unfortunately now become public.”
Vergara, who is now engaged to Joe Manganiello, and Loeb called off their engagement in May 2014.
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