The Browns of Alaskan Bush People fame are pushing back against a recent $500,000 lawsuit that accuses late patriarch Billy Brown of welching on a debt. Ami Brown, Billy’s widow, asked the court to dismiss the case.
A doctor from Tennessee filed sued Billy Brown’s estate claiming the former reality show star skipped out on a contract, The Sun reported. Robert Maughon said he invested $20,000 in the Alaskan Family publications in 2009. In return, he said, Brown promised to give him 10 percent of the revenue from any books he published or shows he appeared on. However, he said Brown didn’t pay him that money.
The Brown family’s lawyer asked the court to toss the suit. They claim the federal court lacks juridiction in the case. Though, Maughon said he intends to see the case to trial. His attorney asked the judge to allow it to proceed. It’s unclear when the judge will rule on the requests.
The Alaskan Bush People star died earlier this year after reportedly suffering a seizure. He was 68.
Bear Brown broke to news to fans.
“We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure,” Billy’s son wrote. “He was our best friend – a wonderful and loving dad, granddad, and husband and he will be dearly missed. He lived his life on his terms, off the grid, and off the land and taught us to live like that as well.”
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Drops Trailer for Next Season
Alaskan Bush People recently dropped an emotional trailer that shows how the Brown family coped with the death of Billy Brown.
The trailer opens on stark Alaskan landscapes. Brown’s son Bam Bam opens the trailer worried about the family’s fate.
“Dad always told us one day we’d have to carry on without him,” the 36-year-old says. “But we weren’t ready for him to go.”
The trailer then cuts to the chaotic scene at the home. Gabriel Brown’s 911 call plays as police and firefighters move around their property.
The Browns are resourceful, but moving on after a death can shake any family. This season will focus on how the family pulls together afterward.
“Looking back, Dad knew his time in this world was coming to an end. And we can see now, he was laying out a plan for us, preparing us to achieve the vision. If only we’d understood his plan sooner,” Brown’s daughter Snowbird says in the trailer.
“Life now is unlike anything we’ve faced before,” she continues. “We’ll never give up our fight for total freedom, but can we do it without Dad?”
The show returns for its 13th season on September 19, People magazine said.