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Sofia Vergara tries to BLOCK ex Nick Loeb from using frozen embryos in legal battle for parental rights

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Sofia Vergara is trying to end a two-year battle with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb over frozen embryos they made when they were together.

The Modern Family actress has asked a court to “officially block” her ex from trying to take control of the frozen embryos, according to TMZ .

Award-winning actress Sofia was engaged to businessman Nick when she made the decision to have the embryos frozen, which they planned to bring to term using a surrogate. Sofia has since married Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello.

She doesn’t want her ex to take control of their embryos with the intention of bringing them to term without her consent.

The former couple have been fighting it out in the courts since 2014.

She claims Nick “voluntarily dismissed his case against her” in December – with the intention of refiling his case again at a later date.

Sofia insists the court battle is a waste of time because Nick signed a contract about their frozen embryos, which were created in 2013, which make his rights clear.

He can’t bring the embryos to term without mutual agreement, according to the documents.


She is now reported to be seeking a court order and a financial sum for the legal trouble he’s caused.

In December, it first emerged that Sofia was being sued.

In 2015, Loeb filed a suit to protect and bring to term the two female embryos, something 44-year-old Vergara is against. And now there's another suit on the way.

Court papers have been filed in pro-life US state Louisiana, which has given the embryos names, and the lawsuit is filed in their names (along with that of James Carbonnet, who is listed as the eggs' 'trustee').

The documents claim the embryos have been deprived of an inheritance from a trust that has been created for them in Louisiana because they haven't been born. The suit asks the embryos to be given to Loeb so they can be born and receive the trust, which would fund their education and healthcare.

It also asks that any parental rights of Vergara's be terminated. The pair signed a contract at the ART Reproductive Center in Beverley Hills when they created the embryos, which stated neither party could use the embryos without the consent of both.

However, the new lawsuit argues the agreement should be deemed void as it didn't say what should happen if they split, and it violated California code and Louisiana law.

Nick had filed to protect the embryos in California, but is believed to have dropped that case earlier that week when a judge ruled in favour of Vergara.

Vergara's legal team had applied for Loeb to identify two former lovers who had abortions during his relationships with them.

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