Dog the Bounty Hunter Hit With $1.3 Million Lawsuit During Brian Laundrie Search

by Quentin Blount
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Dog the Bounty Hunter has found himself in the middle of controversy yet again. And we aren’t talking about the Brian Laundrie search here. It turns out that Dog the Bounty Hunter —real name Duane Chapman — is being hit with a hefty $1.3 million lawsuit that is accusing him of being racist and homophobic. This all stems from both before and after the filming of his reality show, Dog Unleashed.

As most people across the nation have been following the Gabby Petito case, we know that Dog the Bounty Hunter has stepped in to offer his services. He has been helping with the search for missing fugitive Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest in the Petito murder. However, while down in Florida searching for Laundrie, Dog got served his lawsuit papers.

Racist Remarks and Illegal Activity

A statement was recently given to The Sun by Michael Donovan, the President, and CEO of Unleashed Entertainment. He says that Dog Unleashed saw its cancelation just weeks before the April premiere because of “actions taken by Mr. Chapman during the show’s production that breach contractual agreements.”

Court papers were filed on October 5 stating the following: “Defendant is a disgraced reality TV star who was fired by Plaintiff after his company discovered that the Defendant had used racial epithets to attack Black teenage Black Lives Matter activists. Plaintiff’s investigation into the allegations of racial epithets also uncovered illegal activity.”

The lawsuit also alleges that Dog had been illegally holstering and wearing a taser device during filming in Virginia. That is illegal in the Commonwealth since Dog has been a violent crime offender in his past. The lawsuit goes on to assert that Michael Donovan didn’t know that the victim in the 1976 murder conviction of Chapman was indeed a black person.

Dog was waiting in the getaway car. Meanwhile, one of his friends went inside and shot and killed Jerry Oliver over a marijuana dispute. Chapman was guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the crime. He received a sentence of five years in Texas State Penitentiary. However, Chapman only had to serve 18 months.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Also Used Homophobic Slurs

Michael Donovan also alleges that Dog the Bounty Hunter uses homophobic language.

“To add ignorant insult to injury, Defendant resorts to tired homophobic tropes. Calling one of the openly gay Plaintiff ‘daddy’ in a mocking manner and making a vile and disgusting implication using the words ‘little boys’ and ‘daddy’ together.”

Chapman has yet to respond to this new lawsuit at the time of this writing.