Chelsea Clinton Accused of Stealing Book Idea, Sued

Cover of Chelsea Clinton's new book / Twitter

Chelsea Clinton is being accused of stealing the idea for her book She Persisted and is facing a lawsuit for it.

Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, of Albany, N.Y., is suing Clinton and her publisher, Penguin Random House, in federal court for $150,000 for copyright infringement the New York Post reports.

In the court documents, Kimberley alleges that Penguin Young Readers president Jennifer Loja passed Kimberley's submission to Clinton. Kimberley's book, A Heart Is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart, has a similar premise of focusing on inspiring women through history. It also has similar images and at least three of the same quotes that are in Clinton's book.

"The appearance of impropriety is striking," court documents filed by Kimberley say.

She Persisted is a New York Times bestseller and was published on May 30. Kimberley filed a cease and desist order in April for Clinton's book not to be published.

"I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment," Kimberley told the Post. "I am in disbelief."