Yesterday an Orange County judge appointed a Santa Ana lawyer
to act as the financial guardian for all 14 children belonging to
“OctoMom” Nadya Suleman, in anticipation of a reality TV show's filming
the La Habra single mother and her brood. Suleman and her
attorneys had fought the petition for guardianship, brought by L.A.
attorney Gloria Allred and child-actor advocate Paul Petersen. The
OctoMom side claimed that Eyeworks, the U.K.-based production company
that will begin shooting the series, had already signed agreements in
accord with California's Coogan Act governing the employment of
children in film and TV.
that Orange County Superior Court Judge Gerald Johnston dismissed
family privacy claims and found that an outside, impartial party was
needed to monitor the finances of Suleman's octuplets, who were born this past
January, as well as those of her other six young children. Suleman attorney
Arthur LaCilento characterized Allred and Petersen as “nosy”
personalities who were “grandstanding” before the media.