Jeff Lewis 'Relieved' After Surrogate Drops Lawsuit Against Him and Ex Partner, Source Says
Alexandra Trent, who carried Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward's now two-year-old daughter Monroe, first filed a lawsuit against the couple in June 2018
Jeff Lewis‘s surrogate has dropped her lawsuit against the Flipping Out star and his ex-partner, Gage Edward.
Alexandra Trent, the surrogate who carried Lewis and Edward’s now two-year-old daughter Monroe, is dismissing all claims, according to documents first reported by The Blast and obtained by PEOPLE
She filed with prejudice, which means she cannot refile in the future. The dismissal gets Bravo and Flipping Out‘s production company, Authentic Entertainment, who were named in the suit, off the hook as well.
A source close to Jeff tells PEOPLE, “Jeff’s relieved to have this past him. It caused a lot of stress and turmoil in his life, and he’s glad this is finally over.”
Edward, Lewis, Bravo, Authentic Entertainment and reps for Trent did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Trent initially filed the claims in June 2018, seeking damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud. She claimed that Flipping Out filmed her delivery without permission, and accused Lewis and Edward of making “disgusting” remarks about her.
The comments she referred to were made during interview setups filmed after Trent’s delivery and spliced into a season 10 episode.
Lewis joked, “If I was a surrogate, and I had known there was going to be an audience, I probably would have waxed. And that was the shocking part for Gage. I don’t think Gage had ever seen a vagina, let alone one that big.”
The comment — and the fact that producers had filmed her delivery — “deeply damaged Trent” and “caused incredible anguish, self-loathing, contempt and depression,” according to the legal documents.
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While Lewis told PEOPLE he didn’t remember making the comment, he recognized it as “a poor attempt at humor” and “an off-color joke” once he saw the episode.
After the episode and before the suit was filed, Lewis claimed he had sent Trent flowers and an apology letter after learning she had reached out to his surrogacy attorney to say she was upset with what had been said.
When the suit was filed in June, Lewis claimed he was “blindsided” and called the suit a “financial shakedown.”
In October, Dr. Lindsey Cafferata, who performed the delivery, filed a claim in support of Trent, saying that she “heard Ms. Trent inform the show producers that she did not want to be filmed while she gave birth as she did not want her reproductive organs displayed on television.”
The OB-GYN recalled that producers told her “that there would be no filming during the birth” but that Lewis and Edward said they wanted the video for “home use.”
That same month, a judge ruled that the legal battle would not be settled in private arbitration and would likely go to trial after Lewis alleged that a contract Trent signed mandated that any issues that arose from the filming would be settled in private arbitration — not a public court.
Lewis had previously tried to get the lawsuit thrown out.
At the time, Lewis told PEOPLE, “There will be consequences to these actions, and I look forward to my day in court.”
The news that the suit has been dropped comes on the heels of a tumultuous year in Lewis’s personal life. He and Edward split in January after dating for nearly 10 years, and he says they have been navigating how to amicably co-parent Monroe. Lewis has also expressed his desire to have another child “with or without” Edward.
In June, his personal and professional relationship with his friend of nearly 20 years and Flipping Out costar, Jenni Pulos, ended after she allegedly accused him of “abuse and victimization.” Pulos adamantly denied that claim in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in November.
Pulos is Monroe’s godmother, and Lewis has suggested their rift may lead to the end of their Bravo series after 11 seasons.