Rather than finding a lawyer, Dog the Bounty Hunter is currently trying to hide from one. But like one of the criminals on his show, Duane Chapman can’t hide from the long arm of the law. Right now, the reality star reportedly owes a large amount of money from a lawsuit he lost in the early 2000s.
How much does Chapman owe? It’s in the sum of $880, 916 plus interest, according to TMZ. In a strange bit of a twist, Chapman got in a legal battle with his own lawyer. In drama worthy of reality television, now the lawyer wants to collect his fee. And he’s pursued Chapman from Mexico to Hawaii to get his money.
To understand the story, we have to go back 2003. Chapman ended up on the wrong side of the bars while in Mexico. So, he hired a lawyer to help get him out of jail. But that lawyer quickly turned from a saving grace. Both Chapman and the lawyer disagreed over Chapman’s legal fees. It led to both of them suing each other in a tangle lawsuit.
But ultimately, Dog the Bounty Hunter ended up in the pound. He lost his lawsuit in 2013, required to pay $880,000 in California. But Chapman reportedly never paid up the money. Now, the lawyer has filed motions in Hawaii in an attempt to get his money.
So far, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman hasn’t responded to the reports. But if the lawyer succeeds then Chapman will be out a large sum of money. It’s just more trouble that’s now plaguing the reality star as a result.
Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Recent Lawsuit
Earlier this year, Dog the Bounty found himself in legal trouble again. The production company behind his show “Dog Unleashed” reportedly filed a lawsuit against Chapman. That show would have been his big return to television. But Unleashed Entertainment LLC canceled the show after Chapman reportedly broke his contract. They also filed litigation in Colorado.
According to the company, Chapman illegally partnered with CBD Global Sciences to use the show’s brand to make money. Chapman reportedly made more than $100,000 this way. And now, Unleashed Entertainment wants to collect what they say is rightly theirs.
CEO Mike Donovan released a press statement at the time. “After a thorough investigation, including the review of hours of audio and video material, we have decided to halt production of ‘Dog Unleashed’ permanently. Mr. Chapman was given an opportunity to take part in the inquiry, but chose to not participate.”
The CEO continued discussing Chapman’s latest legal woes. It remains to be seen how that lawsuit ends for Chapman.
“Our values drive our programming. We stand for equality and justice, and we will not be associated with projects that are not congruent with these values. Though it saddens us to part ways, we cannot in good conscience continue to work with those who do not share our values,” Donovan said.