“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé has been hit with a lien over unpaid legal fees, as part of his nasty battle with the actress over their frozen embryos.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Nick Loeb was hit with a lien by his former lawyers at the Law Firm of Theodora Oringher.
The lawyer claims to be owed $66,517.25 plus $10,730.81 in late fees for a total of $76,248.06. The lien will allow the lawyer to collect his unpaid fees if Loeb is awarded money from Vergara.
The latest update comes on the heels of Loeb and Vergara battling over her paying his legal bills in the ongoing case.
Earlier this year, Loeb went to court in the case asking a judge to award him $117,590.87 in attorney fees, plus $2,959.26 in costs in their court battle.
Loeb recently scored a very small victory in the case she brought against him, when he got her claim of malicious prosecution dismissed. As a result of the victory, he believes he is entitled to $117,590.
The actress responded saying her ex failed to back up his legal bill with details of the invoices. She refused to pay the bill and asked the judge to shut him down completely.
Vergara and Loeb have been battling in court for years over frozen embryos. Loeb has filed numerous lawsuits against the “Modern Family” star (and she filed one herself), all of which are seeking to bring the embryos to life.
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 ever since.
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.”
Following their split, Vergara went on to marry Joe Manganiello.