LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Dog the Bounty Hunter is threatening to sue Baby Lyssa Chapman’s manager. What isn’t Lyssa Chapman on the new CMT Dog and Beth series, what happened between Duane Lee Chapman and Dog, and what went on between Dog and his family at the end of the A&E series? Onthe final season of A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter series, the Chapman family was in turmoil. Duane Lee on tv was vowing to quit, Leland was furious, and Dog and Beth were at odds with the three siblings. For months, Dog the Bounty Hunter fans have been asking for clarity as to what happened between Dog and Baby Lyssa. Now, LALATE can exclusively report that Beth Chapman and Dog Chapman are threatening litigation against Lyssa’s manager and warning her publisher.
LALATE has exclusively obtained this weekend a letter sent from attorneys for “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman threatening to sue Baby Lyssa Chapman’s manager. But the tensions don’t end there. So why is Dog Chapman warning of a possible lawsuit against his own daughter’s manager?
Several months ago, LALATE exclusively reported that Lyssa Chapman would be bringing to press a new book from Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. On May 7, Howard Books released Lyssa’s memoirs “Walking on Eggshells: Discovering Strength and Courage Amid Chaos.”
In the weeks that followed, LALATE also exclusively reported that Lyssa would not be joining Dog and Beth in their new CMT show, but would soon be the star of her own reality series. During that time, Lyssa also shared with followers online her upcoming appearances to promote her books. Among them purportedly was a stop at the Country Music Festival.
Now, Dog and Beth have retained counsel to contact Lyssa’s book manager, Martin Literary Management. The attorney for Dog and Beth claims in his letter “We are litigation counsel for Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and Beth Chapman. We are writing regarding your outrageous and tortuous conduct in connection with promoting Lyssa Chapman’s book Walking on Eggshells (“Book”).”
The letter asserts that allegedly “Her [Lyssa's] conduct, at your [Martin’s] direction, subjects you, your agency, and her publisher to significant liability for defamation, tortuous interference with contract, and international infliction of emotional distress among other causes of action.”
In another passage of the two page letter, Dog and Beth Chapman discuss the use of the “Chapman” name in promoting Lyssa Chapman’s own book. “In addition, your efforts to have Lyssa attend the County Music Awards and glom on the Chapmans’ celebrity has not gone unnoticed. The CMT Network has been made aware of your unauthorized use of the Chapmans’ name and/or likeness in connection with the television series and will take all appropriate actions to protect its intellectual property rights.”
Lyssa’ publisher Howard Books / Simon & Schuster, her manager Martin Literary, CMT and the Chapmans have yet to comment about the matter.
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