Octomom’s Reality Show May Get a Legal Smackdown

Celebuzz / May 5, 2009

Hold on there, Octomom; don’t go preparing for your close-up just yet. 

Us Magazine reports that attorney Gloria Allred is launching legal proceedings against Nadya “Octomom” Suleman’s upcoming reality TV show, on the grounds that it may violate numerous child-labor laws in California.

During a press conference on Monday, Allred—who initially represented a non-profit child-care agency that Octomom had been associated with—announced that she and child-advocacy group A Minor Consideration have filed a petition with the Orange County Superior Court to prevent Suleman from exploiting her mega-brood for commercial gain.

“Rather than chose to provide her children with a normal life, their mother, Nadya Suleman, has chosen to commercially exploit them,” Allred said. “We believe that the babies are entitled to remuneration since most of the compensation appears to be use of their images.”

Allred adds that Suleman is “potentially endangering the health, welfare and safety of children” by putting them to work in various projects, including the reality show.

The attorney says that the petition seeks to compel Suleman to appoint an independent guardian for the estate of the octuplets. Allred says she wants “to be sure that the babies receive their fair share of payment” and that their payments “be placed into separate accounts for them and preserved for them as required by law.”

A hearing on the petition is scheduled for June 22.

It’s no easy task, taking sides between Octomom and  Gloria Allred, but have your say in the comments section anyway: Who do you think should win in this case?