Model Hailey Baldwin has been accused of plagiarism and threatened with legal action after she posted what The New York Post’s Page Six calls “a poetic Zen meditation on human error” and apparently failed to credit the quote’s author.
The quote, which the report says Baldwin posted in support of her friend Selena Gomez in a beef with their mutual ex Justin Bieber, was widely reprinted in the media.
Baldwin’s “soulful wisdom,” the report says, has since been taken down, but the article quotes it saying: “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. Misplacing the blame onto someone else isn’t going to get you to the next stage in life, so try not to manipulate a situation to make yourself look better.”
The Post reports: “Now Long Island author Melissa Molomo, who actually wrote the uncredited quote, has fired off a cease-and-desist letter — exclusively obtained by Page Six — demanding that Baldwin apologize and stop lifting her work.”
An attorney representing Molomo says in the letter that Baldwin could be liable for damages up to $150,000. The quote reportedly comes from Molomo’s book “Say What’s Real.”