A $1.3 million lawsuit has been filed against Dog the Bounty Hunter, accusing him of making “racist and homophobic comments.”
Duane Chapman was dismissed from his television show “Dog Unleashed” for racial outbursts and carrying an illegal Taser while filming in Virginia, which he allegedly used to force his way into someone’s home, as The Sun reported.
Chapman was also accused of using homophobic language, which he has strongly denied later.
According to a statement released by Unleashed Entertainment President and CEO Michael Donovan, “Dog Unleashed” was cancelled just weeks before it was supposed to broadcast on April 1 due to racist and homophobic comments made by the actor as well as “actions taken by Mr. Chapman during the show’s production that breach contractual agreements.”
Per The Sun, Donovan is the plaintiff in this latest lawsuit.
“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,” according to the court documents.
“Plaintiff’s investigation into the allegations of racial epithets also uncovered illegal activity,” the suit reportedly states, adding that Chapman “resorts to tired homophobic tropes, calling one of the openly gay Plaintiffs ‘daddy’ in a mocking manner and making a vile and disgusting implication using the words ‘little boys’ and ‘daddy’ together.”
Chapman “engaged in a course of conduct to lash out at Plaintiff for terminating his contract and this conduct has led to Defendant committing the tort of defamation,” the report alleges.
Donovan also claims Chapman “illegally holstered and wore a taser device during filming in Virginia, which is illegal in the Commonwealth considering Chapman has been convicted of a violent crime,” because of his conviction for first-degree murder in 1976, when he was sentenced to five years in a Texas prison.
In the lawsuit, Donovan is seeking $1.3 million, and Chapman has yet to respond.
His rep then told the Sun, “Dog’s brief association with Mike Donovan was ill advised from the start. Now, Mike, a felon with multiple active fraud investigations into his company Libre by Nexus from several state attorneys general, is attempting to tarnish Dog’s image in the public eye.”
The rep added: “Everything about this lawsuit is false, the claims are legally untenable, and it will be vigorously defended.”