Michael Donovan, the president and CEO of Unleashed Entertainment, filed a suit against Dog the Bounty Hunter last week. He claims the reality TV star used homophobic and racial slurs and illegally carried a taser in Virginia, The Sun reported.
The two were working on a reality TV show called Dog Unleashed. That show never materialized. Donovan said that’s because of the actions Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, took during filming.
“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,” the lawsuit claims.
“Plaintiff’s investigation into the allegations of racial epithets also uncovered illegal activity.”
Donovan also claims Dog carried an illegal taser while in Virginia. And he used it to intimidate his way inside someone’s home. The suit says it’s illegal for felons to use tasers in the state. A jury convicted Chapman of first-degree murder in 1976.
Dog the Bounty Hunter says the claims aren’t true, and he expects a judge to toss the lawsuit. A representative for him told Newsweek he plans to sue Donovan for malicious prosecution.
“The claims made against Dog Chapman by convicted felon Mike Donovan are malicious bogus claims without any merit,” the rep said. “Dog is very confident that the fictional claims will be dismissed, and he then will pursue claims against Donovan for malicious prosecution.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter Returns Home from Florida After Injury
The famed bounty hunter spent the past several weeks searching for Brian Laundrie in Florida. The FBI wants to question Laundrie about the death of his fiancee Gabby Petito. But Dog the Bounty, 68, recently returned home to Colorado after injuring his ankle, a reporter covering the case said. Though the extent of his injuries or how he hurt himself is unclear.
His daughter Lyssa Chapman tweeted that he is returning to “handle some business” but left a team in Florida to continue the search. She didn’t comment on his reported injuries.
“Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business. ( Remember, he was in Florida on his honeymoon) We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will,” she wrote.
Laundrie went missing on Sept. 14. Many people think he’s hiding from authorities. Dog joined the search for the 23-year-old last month. Some people welcome his help while others say he’s only looking for publicity in the high-profile case.