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Hailey Baldwin Threatened With Legal Action Over Instagram Post

By Margaret Amoah
In Culture
September 20, 2016
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Hailey Baldwin attends the Stradivarius The Event Paper exclusive cocktail party hosted by model Hailey Baldwin at their flagship store on Oxford Street ahead of London Fashion Week on September 15, 2016 in London, England - Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images EuropeHailey Baldwin attends the Stradivarius The Event Paper exclusive cocktail party hosted by model Hailey Baldwin at their flagship store on Oxford Street ahead of London Fashion Week on September 15, 2016 in London, England – Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe.

Hailey Baldwin has been threatened with legal action after reportedly plagiarizing an author. Melissa Molomo has fired off a cease and desist letter to Baldwin after the model used a quote from Molomo’s book on Instagram and failed to credit her, PageSix.com reports.

The 19-year-old model, daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, shared the poetic mantra on human error during her friend Selena Gomez’s spat with their mutual ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber last month.

Hailey Baldwin attends the Stradivarius The Event Paper exclusive cocktail party hosted by model Hailey Baldwin at their flagship store on Oxford Street ahead of London Fashion Week on September 15, 2016 in London, England - Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images EuropeHailey Baldwin attends the Stradivarius The Event Paper exclusive cocktail party hosted by model Hailey Baldwin at their flagship store on Oxford Street ahead of London Fashion Week on September 15, 2016 in London, England – Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe.

“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,” Baldwin’s post read.

The text is from Molomo’s book Say What’s Real, but was excerpted on Molomo’s social media accounts and signed with the hashtag #MelissaMolomo and the Instagram handle @MissSayWhatsReal. But the model seemingly removed the mention of the book, or its author, before posting the missive to her own 7.5 million Instagram followers.

The quote, which was subsequently taken down, was taken as a dig at Bieber, and was quoted in articles from Teen Vogue to Us Weekly.

Author Melissa Molomo pictured on a helicopter ride over to Catalina Island - Photo: InstagamAuthor Melissa Molomo pictured on a helicopter ride over to Catalina Island – Photo: Instagam.

The author demanded Baldwin apologize and stop lifting quotes from her work without crediting her.

In the letter obtained by PageSix.com, Molomo’s attorney Z Zoltan Stein, claims the model could be liable for up to $150,000 in damages.

“In copying and using Ms. Molomo’s work without permission, you have taken credit and caused confusion as to whom the original author of this work is,” he wrote.

The letter also demands Baldwin “make a social media post apologizing for stealing Ms. Molomo’s content and fraudulently passing it off as your own.”

A representative for the model has yet to comment on the report.

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