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Octuplets mom 'exploiting' children, Gloria Allred claims as she files court petition

May 4, 2009 |  2:49 pm

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred announced today that she has filed a petition in Orange County Superior Court seeking a guardian to protect the financial interest of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets.

"Rather than choosing to provide her children with a normal life, their mother, Nadya Suleman, has chosen instead to commercially exploit them,” Allred said in a statement. “We believe that the babies are entitled to remuneration, since much, if not most, of the compensation appears to be for the use of their images.”

Since bringing her babies home from the hospital, Suleman has allowed them to filmed on the celebrity website Radaronline, and a photo agency has released their images for sale. Suleman has also talked of signing a contract for a reality television show about her life raising octuplets and her six other children, and she had her “Octomom” nickname trademarked.

Allred, on behalf of her client, Paul Peterson, the president of “A Minor Consideration,” a nonprofit formed to give support to young performers, is seeking an order that would create separate bank accounts for the babies’ earnings and require Suleman to hire a professional agent for the babies, separate from her own agent.  

Allred earlier represented nurses who filed complaints with child-welfare officials alleging that Suleman’s home was not safe for the children. The nurses from Angels in Waiting began working with Suleman after a deal brokered by talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw. But the deal fell apart after Suleman complained that the nurses were spying on her. The nurses later held a news conference and discussed their concerns, which included complaints that Suleman allowed dirty television cables in the nursery.

Allred also said that she had sent a letter to the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement requesting an investigation into whether Suleman had broken California laws regulating child performers.

Suleman could not immediately be reached for comment.

-- Jessica Garrison

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