Emma Cline countersues after ex claims she used spyware to plagiarise his work

Author of The Girls is being sued by former boyfriend, who alleges that her bestselling novel about a Manson-style cult uses material from his own writing

An ex-boyfriend of author Emma Cline has filed a lawsuit claiming that she plagiarised parts of her bestselling novel The Girls by using spyware to access his email and other accounts.

The novelist, who vehemently denies the claims, said in a countersuit that the allegations are the “ludicrous” acts of a man who is jealous of her success and are part of a two-year assault on her mental health and literary reputation.

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