“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara will have to pay up to her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb in their never-ending court battle.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles judge has ordered Vergara to pay her ex a total of $79,392.26 for attorney fees.
Vergara and Loeb have been fighting in court for years. He sued the actress after she refused to let him bring their frozen embryos to life. She has pointed to a contract they signed, requiring both parties to consent.
Recently, Loeb demanded Vergara pay him $120,000 for attorney fees. He recently scored a very small victory in the case she brought against him. As a result of the victory, he believed he was entitled to $117,590. The actress argued he was not entitled to a dime.
The judge has now come back with his decision and sided with Loeb. He didn’t award Loeb the full amount requested but did give him $80k.
The court order reads, “Based on the foregoing, the Court GRANTS the motion and orders that Plaintiff pay the Defendant’s attorney’s fees in the amount of $76,433, and costs in the amount of $2,959.26. Payment shall be made within 30 days of notice of this ruling.”
The lawsuit is still ongoing. The case has been nasty with Vergara accusing Loeb and his lawyer of lying under oath. She has demanded he be sanctioned $35,000 in the case.
Loeb and Vergara dated for several years but split in 2014. Vergara has refused to give him consent over the embryos and the two have been battling in court ever since. Following their split, Vergara went on to marry Joe Manganiello.
Loeb at one point even wrote an op-ed in the NY Times saying, "When we create embryos for the purpose of life, should we not define them as life, rather than as property? Does one person’s desire to avoid biological parenthood (free of any legal obligations) outweigh another’s religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent? A woman is entitled to bring a pregnancy to term even if the man objects. Shouldn’t a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects? These are issues that, unlike abortion, have nothing to do with the rights over one’s own body, and everything to do with a parent’s right to protect the life of his or her unborn child."