May 23, 2008 05:21 AM by Jennifer_Brown
Just as season five filming gets underway for A&E’s Dog, the Bounty Hunter, the actor who claims to be the show’s creator has launched a lawsuit against the producers.
Boris Krutonog has accused A&E, producer David Houts, and his companies Hybrid Films, Inc. and D&D Television Productions of supposedly breaching their contract with him by not paying him for season four of the show. According to Krutonog, the companies have neglected to pony up for his portion of DVD sales, syndication deals and more.
Also, according to Krutonog, he has been a victim of The Dog and Dog’s wife, Beth, as well. According to court papers, Krutonog has found himself a target of “abusive, violent and outrageous conduct,” as well as “episodes of psychotic behavior” on the part of the two stars.
Krutonog claims that he met Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth in 1995 and proceeded to create the show “Dog, the Bounty Hunter,” inspired by the Hawaii-based bondsman’s “colorful life and exploits.” According to Krutonog, as compensation for producing and airing the show, A&E had agreed to pay him as co-Executive Producer “for the life of the show.” Krutonog is seeking at least $5 million in owed salaries, royalties and other compensation. A&E is making no comment about the litigation.
The spotlight seems to love Dog Chapman, who has been in headlines when a bounty hunter bust in Mexico landed him in jail and again last year when his son released a tape of a phone conversation in which Dog made a racial slur against his son’s girlfriend, causing A&E to yank his show from the air last fall. Dog’s repeated apologies have led to A&E to bring the show back on air.
Dog the Bounty Hunter is currently in filming for season five and is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, July 16th at 9:00 PM (ET).
Photo Courtesy: Dog the Bounty Hunter