Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis and his partner Gage Edwards hired Alexandra Trent as a surrogate to carry and deliver their daughter Monroe Christine over two years ago, but she is now suing Bravo because of the filmed birth, and Lewis and Edward are “devastated.”
Trent named Lewis and Edwards in her suit against the network and claims they humiliated her with “disgusting” comments. She also says she had no idea that producers would film her privates, and is seeking damages for fraud, unlawful recording, and invasion of privacy.
Radar Online is reporting that the comment Trent was referring to was a joke Lewis made about the birth.
“If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed. And that was the shocking part for Gage. I don’t think Gage had ever seen a vagina, let alone one that big,” said Lewis.
Later when talking to reporters, Lewis said he doesn’t remember making the off-color comment but realizes it was distasteful. In her lawsuit, Trent claims the remark “deeply damaged” her, and it caused her to suffer from a bout of depression. She also says that after the episode aired, she canceled another surrogacy contract because she was embarrassed.
Lewis says he sent an apology letter to Trent along with flowers. Then, she sent Monroe some gifts, and the two stayed in touch and shared photos. He thought things were good between them, and even considered Trent to be part of the family, so her lawsuit blindsided the new parents.
Lewis and Edwards insist that Trent knew the network would film the baby’s birth, and Lewis says it is “insanity” that she would make those claims because he and Edwards were upfront with her about everything from the beginning. He added that her release to appear on the show was part of the surrogacy agreement because “the whole idea was to document this journey.”
He says it was all tied together, so it makes no sense for Trent to claim she didn’t know about filming because she signed a “broad appearance release” as part of the surrogacy contract and with the production company. Lewis says she also signed a nondisclosure agreement, which she has now violated. He then asked about the point of legal agreements if you are just going to ignore them.
After Lewis and Edwards hired her, Trent appeared in multiple episodes of Flipping Out over two seasons. And in a season ten episode – which they filmed in October 2016 and aired in August 2017 – cameras were in the hospital delivery room for Monroe’s birth.
Lewis claims that he and Edwards attempted to fix the situation with Trent because she gave them their daughter, but her lawsuit has taken things too far.
“Shame on her for mudding such a beautiful experience,” said Lewis.
He says that he believes Trent will have to answer to God for what she has done, and Jeff Lewis claims if he were her, “I’d start drafting my apology now.”
New episodes of Flipping Out will premiere later this summer on Bravo.