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'American Chopper' Star Paul Teutul Sr Accused of Fraud in Lawsuit

'American Chopper' Star Paul Teutul Sr Accused of Fraud in Lawsuit

Orange County Choppers Paul Teutel Sr. at a rally outside the Delaware County Courthouse September 22, 2008, in Media, Pennsylvania. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:17 AM

“American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr. is being accused of sabotaging a TV project in a lawsuit filed by a business partner who says the reality star's actions cost him millions, the New York Post's Page Six reported.

According to the suit, filed last April in Delaware County Chancery Court, Thomas Derbyshire agreed to invest some $3 million to work with Teutul on the A&E spinoff show "Orange County Choppers: American Made" in 2015. The agreement included 51-49 percent ownership deal in Derbyshire's favor, Page Six reported.

In court documents, Derbyshire accuses Teutul of trying to change the deal to a 50-50 agreement, funding personal expenses with his investment money, and cutting side deals without him.

Derbyshire also claims that Teutul held up production on the series when he allegedly took a week-long fishing trip and refused to film scenes with “Sons of Anarchy” star Rusty Coones even though that was written into his contract. 

Teutul has denied the accusations laid out in the lawsuit. 

“We have previously stated as far back as April 10th of 2017, unfortunately, Mr. Derbyshire’s interpretation of said events is without merit and with the timing of 'Orange County Choppers'' much anticipated return to television tomorrow night the timing is very suspect of once again untrue allegations," Paris D’Jon, Teutul's rep, said in a statement to Page Six.

The reality program "American Chopper," which chronicled the goings-on at Teutul's Orange County Choppers motorcycle manufacturing business in Newburgh, New York, ran from 2003 to 2010.

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“American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr. is being accused of sabotaging a TV project in a lawsuit filed by a business partner who says the reality star's actions cost him millions, the New York Post's Page Six reported.
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