Move over, Kim and Kyle Richards. There's a nasty new family feud in Hollywood. In a bonus chapter to his new book, Almost Black: The True Story of How I Got into Medical School by Pretending to Be Black, The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling's older brother, Vijay "Jojo" Chokal-Ingam accuses his famous sister of "backstabbing" and "deception."
Chokal-Ingam claims he and his sister, 37, were on good terms until he revealed his plans to write a book about his experience getting into medical school by claiming to be African-American (He is actually of Indian descent.) "This book will bring shame on the family!" he alleges Kaling said.
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"Her attack quickly got personal. She hurled a full kitchen sink array of allegations that had happened twenty years earlier," he writes. "Her overreaction was weird, maybe even a little unhinged." Though he claims she apologized, "the bitterness endured," he says. "Her venom remained both toxic and in abundant supply."
As for Kaling's claims not to have known about his decision to lie about his race in school applications, Chokal-Ingam calls it a "blatant lie." "She's known the story pretty much since day one, but never took exception to it or judged it as some moral turpitude against 'the family,'" the career coach alleges. "In fact, she helped!"
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He then goes on to expose dirt about his sister. "Mindy is not the clumsy, slightly insecure BFF-next-door heroine she sells in her books and television projects," he claims. "Mindy is a lot more the Queen Bee, Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl than Dr. Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project."
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Chokal-Ingam says his sister has a "weird infatuation" with her ex and former costar, B.J. Novack. However, "the actor has exactly zero long-term romantic interest in her," he claims.
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"The weird, unbalanced, stalkerish obsessive relationship on The Office between Mindy's character Kelly and B.J.'s character Ryan? Not fiction. Yes, it was that weird," he alleges.
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He alleges that Kaling actually once banned her former agent from hiring her onetime boyfriend Ben's comedy writer sister. The boyfriend found out and broke up with her, he says: "At the time, Mindy was devastated by the breakup. She thought that Ben was just looking for a pretense to break up with her because she wasn't pretty enough. It was true. She wasn't pretty enough. Inside."
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"She's rude about everyone behind their back, but super nice to their face," Chokal-Ingam continues. "I feel sorry for the poor suckers."
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Despite her personal battles, Kaling is succeeding professionally. She just sold a script about a late-night talk show host starring Emma Thompson and herself, and will star in Ocean's Eight with Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway.
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