Misidentified 'Google Mistress' Sues People for $4M

Nathalie De Clercq, Amanda Rosenberg both 'Eurasian,' 'have long hair'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2014 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – When Sergey Brin and his wife split last year, People was among various media outlets reporting on the alleged cause behind the breakup: Brin's affair with 27-year-old Google Glass employee Amanda Rosenberg. Problem? The gossip mag ran a photo of one Nathalie De Clercq, a New York City entrepreneur whose only connection to Rosenberg appears to be that, as per a $4 million lawsuit De Clercq filed against People, "both Rosenberg and De Clercq are Eurasian and have long dark hair." Both also appear to have a certain affinity for Google Glass, notes the New York Post.

For that matter, the suit continues, as per Courthouse News, "De Clercq does not even know Brin, let alone did she ever have any kind of relationship with him," nor does she know Rosenberg. It blasts People, "one of the most widely circulated and read periodicals in the world," for acting in "a grossly irresponsible manner without due consideration for the standards of information gathering." "She’s been having trouble getting financing ... because she has to deal with this question mark," says her lawyer. "Either she’s a laughingstock or they think she’s a mistress."

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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