An author today sued Jerry Seinfeld's wife for allegedly plagiarizing a cookbook she wrote and also accused the comedian of defaming her as a "wacko" during an interview with David Letterman. In a federal lawsuit, Missy Chase Lapine alleges that Jessica Seinfeld "brazenly plagiarized" from her 2007 book "The Sneaky Chef" in the writing of Seinfeld's own cookbook (both volumes focused on how to prepare healthy meals for finicky young eaters). When news stories appeared detailing similarities in the two books, Jerry Seinfeld launched a "malicious, premeditated, and knowingly false and defamatory attack" on Lapine, the complaint charges. As part of that campaign, Seinfeld went on Letterman's show and described Lapine as "angry" and "hysterical." He then compared her to the kind of "wackos" that had previously stalked Letterman. The comedian then added that Lapine was a "three-name woman" and "if you read history, many of the three-name people do become assassins."
Keep reading and see the 19 page filing
Meanwhile, the Seinfeld spokesperson weighed in:
"There's no truth whatsoever to any claim of plagiarism," insisted Richard Menaker. "We will vigorously challenge this misguided use of the legal system."
See Jerry's appearance on Letterman (third video clip down)
See Jessica address the charges on "The View." She said in part, "It must have been hard to see have quickly my book took off."