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Nick Loeb lost a last-gasp legal effort this week in his case against former fiancée Sofía Vergara over the exes’ frozen embryos.
Loeb filed objections to a recent ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that granted Vergara a permanent injunction banning Loeb from bringing the embryos to term without Vergara’s “explicit written consent.”
A legal source told Page Six the judge signed a final ruling in the case this week, and, “The court overruled all of [Loeb’s] final objections.”
In a statement, Loeb blasted the judge as being “clearly influenced by Hollywood,” then plugged his own new movie. He said via a rep: “The judge was clearly influenced by Hollywood, which is a pattern I expose in my upcoming film ‘Roe v. Wade’ on April 2nd.”
Loeb and Vergara split in 2014 — but Loeb subsequently launched a years-long legal battle in multiple states over two frozen embryos from the couple’s 2013 IVF treatments. He has sought custody to bring them to term, and even gave the embryos names in court papers.
But Loeb has recently lost cases in California and Louisiana, where he’d filed papers hoping local laws would be more favorable.
In the Los Angeles case, Judge Rafael Ongkeko wrote that the injunction will prevent Loeb from “unilaterally bringing the Embryos to term without Vergara’s consent.”
A Louisiana appeals court ruled in January that Loeb’s case was not valid there since he didn’t live in the state, and that it was a “mockery of the Louisiana legal system,” according to court papers. The appeals court added in its ruling, “it is clear that Mr. Loeb blatantly engaged in forum shopping” when filing the case in Louisiana.
Loeb’s lawyer had argued he was a resident of the state, and commented at the time, “We will be appealing to the Louisiana Supreme Court.”
Vergara’s legal team then filed papers in February attempting to block Loeb’s attorney — who is based in Missouri — from continuing to represent him in the Louisiana case.
Apparently referring to the embryos, Loeb also said in his statement: “It’s sad that Sofía, a devout Catholic, would intentionally create babies just to kill them.”
A lawyer for Vergara previously said in 2015: “Vergara has never wanted to destroy her embryos … She has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb’s statements to the contrary.”
Internet reports have said Vergara was born into a Catholic family in Colombia, but she hasn’t widely spoken about her religion or being devout. Her rep did not comment.
Meantime, Loeb wrote, directed and stars in “Roe v. Wade,” a new film against the landmark abortion case. The cast also includes Jon Voight, Stacey Dash, Jamie Kennedy and Joey Lawrence, and the film premiered during the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.
Vergara has been married to movie star Joe Manganiello since 2015. Loeb has a daughter with a girlfriend who lives in Europe, according to court papers filed during the legal saga with Vergara.