Actress Sofia Vergara's ex sues for embryos frozen

Actress Sofia Vergara's ex sues for embryos frozen
Actress Joe Mangeniello and Sofia Vergara arrive for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

The former fiance of Colombian-American actress Sofia Vergara is suing her to prevent her from destroying the fertilised eggs they created when they were a couple.

Mr Nick Loeb, 39, a businessman, filed a suit in California against her, saying that he still wants to have her baby, celebrity gossip magazine In Touch Weekly said in an exclusive report.

According to the civil suit filed in November 2013, which was six months before they split, they agreed to attempt to have children through in-vitro fertilisation.

Her eggs were fertilised by his sperm and frozen and kept at a Beverly Hills facility.

Vergara, 42, listed as the highest-paid TV actress by Forbes the last three years, is now engaged to "True Blood" heart-throb Joe Manganiello.

Mr Loeb claims that Vergara wants to destroy the eggs because they have broken up, but he said he has the right to go forward because both parties have not agreed in writing to destroy the eggs.

Quoting court documents, In Touch also reported that Mr Loeb and Vergara had earlier used a surrogate and had twice unsuccessfully had an embryo implanted in her.

FATHERHOOD

"Nick has always wanted to be a father and will do whatever it takes to save these two remaining female embryos," In Touch quoted an unnamed source as saying.

"Nick is very emotionally invested in these female embryos because he's pro-life and believes life begins at conception."

Mr Loeb also claimed in the lawsuit that Vergara was "physically and mentally abusive," New York Daily News reported. She also routinely bullied him, calling him a "loser", "worthless" and other degrading names, according to court documents.

Vergara has yet to comment on the lawsuit.


This article was first published on April 17, 2015.
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