Hailey Baldwin is reportedly being sued for plagiarising an author’s words on Instagram in the midst of Justin Bieber’s Insta row with Selena Gomez.
OK so we know that’s a lot of celebrity in one intro, but possibly prompted by that very public spat Hailey used the popular social media site to share a deep quote about human error which, as it turns out, wasn’t written by the model herself.
According to Page Six, the posted quote had actually been pulled from Say What’s Real – a book whose author was not impressed to see her words associated with the 19-year-old in articles about JB’s tiff with his ex.
The image – which has since been deleted – included insights like: “We’ve all had our fair share of things we’ve done, both good and bad. What makes the present so powerful is when we take complete responsibility for our actions, we allow ourselves self-growth.”
And: “The truth always comes to light, so it’s better just to own it. We’re all guilty of things, but show people you have enough love and respect for yourself to be honest about it and learn from it.”
Now, writer Melissa Molomo has demanded that Hailey apologise for causing confusion about the work’s origins by failing to credit her in the post.
A letter sent by Molomo’s legal rep also states that by “stealing” the quote Stephen Baldwin’s daughter could be liable for up to $150,000 (around €134,000) worth of damages.
So ladies from now on when regramming inspirational quotes, be sure to acknowledge where those words really came from.