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.

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"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 Kimberley filed a cease and desist order in April for Clinton's book not to be published.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."