“Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis can breathe a little easier after his former surrogate dropping her nasty lawsuit against him and Bravo for allegedly publicly humiliating her on national television.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Alexandra Trent informed the court recently that she is dismissing all claims against Lewis, his ex-partner Gage Edward, and Bravo.
The docs note that she is dismissing all claims with prejudice, meaning she cannot refile them in the future. The dismissal means there will be no trial where Lewis would have to take the stand and testify.
Back in October, the reality star was shut down in his attempt to seal the court proceedings when a judge ordered that his legal battle with the woman who gave birth to his daughter will remain in the public view.
The judge scheduled the trial to begin this year and informed Lewis and the surrogate to begin preparing for court.
Alexandra Trent originally filed her lawsuit last year against the reality star, his partner, Bravo Media and the producers behind “Flipping Out.”
Trent was the surrogate for Lewis and his then-partner, Gage Edward, back in 2016. She gave birth to their daughter last year, which was shown on the Bravo show.
The surrogate appeared on multiple episodes over two seasons and the show filmed the birth of their child inside the delivery room. She met the couple through a classified ad and originally did not know she would be on the show. When she agreed to be the surrogate, she did consent to the filming of certain pre-birth moments but alleges she never agreed to film in the delivery room.
The woman accused the producers of filming her vagina without permission. Further, she took issue with Lewis and his partner of humiliating her by making “disgusting” comments about her during the episode.
Lewis said during on the show, “If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed”
She sued seeking unspecified damages for invasion of privacy and fraud. Trent claimed the comments made her suffer anguish, self-loathing and depression.
Lewis, his partner, Bravo and the show producers filed docs demanding the case thrown out of court. Lewis and others denied each and every allegation of wrongdoing in the complaint.
He filed docs pleading for the judge to remove the case from Los Angeles court and instead be heard in arbitration, which would be hidden from the public.
The reality star claimed Trent signed an agreement over the production and release of “Flipping Out” on Bravo. He says the deal was specific that any disputes were to be heard in private arbitration.
Lewis says his surrogate voluntarily participated in the show and before she ever filmed or was even mentioned on the program, she signed away her rights to ever sue Lewis or producers.