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A few months ago we were talking about what formerly known as 'American Chopper', that entertaining television series / documentary full of custom preparations, tattoos, fights and foul language, was back. At some point in March the Teutul family led by Mr. Paul Teutul would land on the small screen; Well, now it is not so clear according to the Page Six medium.
Paul Teutul, the television star of the program, will have to appear before the courts of New York to decide what will happen with the foreclosure of his house and declaration of insolvency, although that now seems his least problem. Another lawsuit filed by Thomas derbyshire, his partner and investor, has turned the 68-year veteran coach's plans upside down.
Broken deals, money for your child, and deals from behind
Almost three years ago, in 2015, Derbyshire and Teutul signed a partnership agreement to 51-49% respectively with the intention of relaunching his career as a showman in a renewed 'Orange County Choppers: American Made', but shortly after Teutul declared its opposition to this contract in favor of another 50-50%.
Far from staying in an anecdotal cast of control, Teutul seems to have gotten into a few problems that have not sat well with Derbyshire. The preparer suddenly stopped recording the show for a week for going fishing, or opposed working with Rusty Coones ('Sons of Anarchy' actor and member of the Hells Angels), despite having previously agreed to his contract.
To make matters worse, Derbyshire accuses Teutul Sr. of having used money from the program to pay his son Michael's salary, something that was completely outside the signed contract. Furthermore, Teutul entered into commercial agreements without the consent of its partner.
Derbyshire claims that Paul Teutul agreed with a dog food company supplying feed for the Teutul couple's animal rescue project in exchange for their logo appearing on the show. A very similar deal closed with an elevator company, which was going to supply one of its products in exchange for appearing among the show's facilities.
The lawsuit filed by Derbyshire includes the claim of the $ 3 million that he has invested in the project in terms of personal and material expenses, since he understands that they have been completely wasted without having achieved any productive result.
Teutul through its legal representative, Paris D'Jon was quick to deny any of this information, claiming that Derbyshire was a mere interpretation and that all the accusations were false.
We'll see how this soap opera ends, but there's a 100% chance of encountering a good dose of swearing along the way.