Nick Loeb Defends Lawsuit Against Sofia Vergara: I've Dreamed of Being a Father
Nick Loeb isn't backing down from the lawsuit he filed against his ex-fiancee Sofia Vergara, insisting that he wants to bring two female embryos, created using Loeb's sperm and Vergara's eggs, to life.
"I have always strongly believed that life begins at fertilization and that every embryo is a life on the journey towards birth," he told ET in a statement. "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."
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Loeb continues to allege that Vergara wants to "destroy" the embryos, a claim that the Modern Family star's attorney Fred Silberberg told ET has "no merit."
"Vergara has never suggested that she wished to have the embryos destroyed," Silberberg said. "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."
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Her 39-year-old ex-fiance refutes this. "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," Loeb said in the lengthy statement.
"Creating an embryo in the natural way can lead to parenthood obligations, even where a man doesn't want to become a father," Loeb further explained. "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."
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As for the 42-year-old actress, her attorney told ET, "Vergara, who has happily moved on with her life, is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely as she has no desire to have children with her ex, which should be understandable given the circumstances."
Vergara and Loeb broke off their engagement in May 2014 after having an on-again, off-again relationship since 2011. She is currently engaged to 38-year-old actor Joe Manganiello.