Allred petitions court over octuplets

May 4, 2009 at 7:32 PM

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- California Attorney Gloria Allred said Monday she has filed a petition seeking a guardian to protect the financial interest of Nadya Suleman's octuplets.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Allred filed the petition in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of Paul Peterson, the president of "A Minor Consideration," a non-profit formed to give support to young performers. They argue the mother is exploiting the children.

"Rather than choosing to provide her children with a normal life, their mother, Nadya Suleman, has chosen instead to commercially exploit them," Allred said. "We believe that the babies are entitled to remuneration, since much, if not most, of the compensation appears to be for the use of their images."

Since bringing her eight babies home from the hospital this year, Suleman has allowed them to filmed on the Web site Radaronline, and a photo agency has released the babies' images for sale.

Suleman has reportedly talked of doing a reality television show about her octuplets and her six other children, the newspaper said.

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