What happened to Jonathan Meijer from ‘The Man with 1000 Kids’?
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What happened to Jonathan Meijer from 'The Man with 1000 Kids'?

Netflix has a long history of absolutely crazy true-story documentary shows, but none have been quite as unbelievable as The Man with 1000 Kids, a show chronicling the havoc caused by one man donating his sperm all across the globe. As they attempt to untangle his web of lies, the story of Jonathan Meijer and his countless children is a shocking one.

Initially, Meijer claimed that he only intended to donate sperm to a handful of families, but over time and over the course of the series, it becomes clear that he’d lied to them. As he refused to stop donating, the families involved took legal action against him in an attempt to bring him to justice and put an end to his campaign. 

But where is Meijer now? The first legal action against him took place in 2017, leading to him being banned from donating to Dutch clinics, having already broken their limit of 25 donor children. However, after that initial hearing, he continued to donate sperm to international banks, as well as private donation websites. 

In 2023, a further suit was raised against him. The Donorkind Foundation requested court action due to fears of unintentional incest amongst the high volume of children he’d fathered. In defence, Meijer was merely trying to help parents who couldn’t conceive and claimed that any action against him would be ‘legal castration’. 

In court, Meijer admitted to having “nearly 600” children. But in reality, with both private and sperm bank donations, the estimated number could be as high as 3,000. The Dutch court decided in April 2023 that Meijer should be banned from donating sperm to new parents with a penalty of 100,000 euros for each violation. He also had to “request that sperm banks destroy any of his semen available to new parents.”

They declared that Meijer had “deliberately misinformed” parents about the number of children he’d fathered, leaving a huge wake of damage with hundreds, if not thousands, of half-siblings scattered around the world. 

As of July 2024, Meijer is still active online. He has a YouTube channel where he posts videos every few days. Along with clips from his travels or music he makes, Meijer has now started making videos addressing the Netflix series with titles like “Why I am a VERY good donor” and “Did I lie to the parents? Netflix HIDES this from you”. 

According to the show’s director, Josh Allott, Meijer was invited to be involved in the series but refused. “I did meet [Jonathan] in order to speak to him about being in the documentary,” Allott told Tudum. “We approached him a number of times to be interviewed and gave him a right to reply at the end. He refused to comment on any of the allegations in the series.”