The words “Reserved for Ms. Shepherd” were engraved on a plaque hanging on a door in the Special Place Ward in Hell when Sherri Shepherd wrote off the baby that grew in her surrogate’s womb. When Sherri and her husband Lamar Sally broke up last year, she labeled him a scheming gold digger and accused him of tricking her into the surrogacy situation as a way to get her to pay him child support. Sherri walked away from the unborn baby and made it clear she wanted nothing to do with the kid ever. The already disgustingly messy situation got messier when Lamar sued Sherri for spousal and child support. Now, the surrogate who carried Sherri and Lamar’s baby has spoken out and is pissed that she’s being hit up for child support. It says a lot when a situation is dangerously close to becoming as fucked up as the Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry situation.
Jessica Bartholomew tells Inside Edition (via NYDN) that she’s grossed out at how Sherri skipped out on her baby. Sherri wanted to use her egg to make the kid, but an egg from a donor and Lamar’s jizz was used instead. Jessica says that at the beginning of her pregnancy, Sherri called her regularly and seemed excited about the kid. While Sherri and Lamar’s baby grew in her uterus, she found out their marriage was over. Jessica didn’t hear the news from Lamar or Sherri. When Jessica gave birth to a boy that Lamar named Lamar Jr., she had to put her name on the birth certificate as the baby’s mother since Sherri backed out.
Lamar has full custody of Lamar Jr. and had to file for Medi-Cal because he can’t afford to pay for health insurance on his own. When he filed for Medi-Cal, the state of California went after Jessica for child support. Jessica, who was paid $30,000 to carry Lamar Jr., isn’t really happy about it as you can imagine.
“I could not believe this is happening. When I decided to do this for them, I didn’t think ever that this could happen. I just don’t understand how she could do that and act like this baby is non-existent. It just blows my mind. But because she doesn’t want to be a part of the baby’s life, I have to pick up all the slack with my name being on the birth certificate. I’m still considered the mother of a child that’s not mine. I’m angry at Sherri because she never once contacted me to tell me what was happening. She would call and check up on me during the pregnancy in the beginning. At the 20 week appointment she seemed so excited.”
I don’t know why Jessica is sitting there with Inside Edition (SPOILER ALERT: A check, she’s sitting there for a quick check) when she should be screaming at the courts and Lamar to erase her parental rights and she should be screaming at Sherri for getting her into this mess. Well, there’s two small silver linings to this shitty situation:
1. Jessica can probably sell her story to Lifetime now. When Sherri washed her hands of her baby, Lifetime executives probably thought to themselves, “Nope, not juicy enough.” But now that the surrogate has been dragged into this and is getting hit up for money, they’re probably ready to greenlight that shit. A Tiffany impersonator can play Jessica and Webster in a wig can play Sherri.
2. Since Sherri isn’t raising Lamar Jr., maybe that kid will grow up knowing that the Earth isn’t flat. But then again, that might not be something he wants to know. Because if Lamar and Sherri get messier, he’ll know that he can’t just walk to the edge of Earth and jump into an alien-driven spaceship headed to a planet far away.