Seinfeld's cracks frighten cookbook author

October 29, 2008 10:24:27 AM PDT
A cookbook author embroiled in a lawsuit with Jerry Seinfeld's wife says she was not amused by cracks the comedian made on television.In federal court papers explaining her position for a December hearing, Missy Chase Lapine says her 7-year-old daughter was upset after Seinfeld joked on David Letterman's show last year that people with three names - James Earl Ray and Mark David Chapman, for instance - turned out to be assassins.

Lapine says she "never felt so frightened and vulnerable" as when her daughter came home from school "and asked, 'Mom, what is an assassin?"' Lapine claims Jessica Seinfeld got ideas for her cookbook, "Deceptively Delicious" from Lapine's book "Sneaky Chef," which teaches parents how to hide vegetables in recipes for children.

The Seinfelds' attorney said in a statement Wednesday: "As a comedian, Jerry has a right under the First Amendment to tell jokes. Ms. Lapine, on the other hand, was not joking when she maliciously accused Jessica Seinfeld, who also has young children, of plagiarism, a charge that is demonstrably false."