However, the Bounty Hunter was reportedly served with a $ 1.3 million lawsuit accusing him of “racist and homophobic behavior” during his search for Brian Laundrie in Florida.
The Sun published what it says is a photograph of the reality TV star who received the court documents in which he is accused of breach of contract in connection with his canceled show “Dog Unleashed.”
The 68-year-old – whose real name is Duane Chapman – was allegedly fired from the show after racist outbursts and used an illegal Taser to scare into a person’s home during a shooting in Virginia, according to The Sun, which quoted the suit.
Chapman, who was also accused of using homophobic language, has vehemently denied the allegations, according to the outlet.
“Dog Unleashed” was canceled before it was even sent over racist and homophobic comments made by the star “as well as illegal activity during filming,” the producers wrote earlier in the year in a statement.
Reality hunter’s daughter Bonnie Chapman has accused him of racism and homophobia as well as cheating on his late mother, Beth. Another daughter, Cecily Chapman, has dismissed her high-profile search for Laundrie-deceased Gabby Petito’s refugee girlfriend – as a “publicity stunt.”
Chapman has told Page Six, “Unfortunately, Bonnie and Cecily have been hired by disgruntled former employees with multiple crimes who want revenge at all costs and are trying to ruin my reputation.”
Unleashed Entertainment CEO Michael Donovan has said in a statement that “Dog Unleashed” was canceled due to “actions taken by Mr. Chapman during the show’s production that violate contractual agreements,” according to The Sun.
Outlet reported that Donovan is suing Chapman for defamation.
“Defendant is a disgraced reality TV star who was fired by plaintiff after his company discovered that defendant had used racial epithets to attack black teens Black Lives Matter Activists,” the state court records said on October 5 and obtained by the business. It was not immediately known where the case was brought.
“The complainant’s investigation into allegations of racial epithets also revealed illegal activity,” the case allegedly said, adding that Chapman “illegally holstered and carried a taser device during filming in Virginia, which is illegal in the Commonwealth since Chapman has been convicted of a violent crime.”
Chapman “engaged in a conduct to sue the plaintiff for termination of his contract, and that conduct has led to the defendant committing defamation,” the case reads, according to the report.
The document allegedly contains a tweet from April 7 from Chapman that reads: “Unleashed representatives are trying to steal hi Jack Miss lead miss information, etc. All the dog sample Hunter fans and the dog bounty hunter are also trademarked by us.”
The case states that the tweet “accuses plaintiff and his employees of criminal activity, which is false, constitutes defamation” and attempts to “damage the plaintiff’s reputation.”
The suit also quotes another tweet from Chapman in September that reads, “They want to see how you’ve lied about all of us, you’re crawling again, what about the little boys Daddy,” according to The Sun.
The “false” accused Chapman references are the facts of the cancellation of his reality television program … Thus, this statement is not a general statement of opinion, but rather a statement that the defendant uses as truth to cover up his immoral and criminal activity, “it is said in the papers.
“To add insult to injury, the defendant resorted to tired homophobic tropes, calling one of the blatantly homosexual plaintiffs ‘father’ in a mocking manner, giving a disgusting and disgusting implication by using the words ‘little boys’ and ‘father’. together, “according to the suit, according to the socket.
Donovan claims it is illegal for Chapman to carry a stun gun because of his conviction for first-degree murder in 1976, when he was sentenced to five years in a Texas jail. He had been waiting in a getaway car when he fatally shot a 69-year-old man in a fight over marijuana.
Chapman allegedly claimed that the weapon he was carrying was a prop, but according to The Sun, the suit says: “When defendant showed a representative of the plaintiff taser, the representative asked if taser was genuine, to which defendant replied, ‘Of course.’ ”
Donovan is seeking $ 1.3 million in the lawsuit, to which Chapman has not yet responded.
In a statement to The Sun, the reality star’s representative said: “The dog’s brief relationship with Mike Donovan was poorly informed from the start. Now Mike, a criminal with several active fraud investigations in his firm Libre of Nexus from several state attorneys, is trying to degrade Dog’s image in the eyes of the public.
“Everything about this lawsuit is false, the allegations are legally untenable and it will be strongly defended,” the statement added.