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Entertainment 'American Chopper' star loses $258k lawsuit against photographer

01:55  21 february  2020
01:55  21 february  2020 Source:   wonderwall.com

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“ American Chopper ” Star Mikey Teutul is being accused of using a photographer ’s pics without cutting him in on the profits, and now the reality star has been hit with a federal lawsuit . A photographer named Scott Gunnells sued Mikey, Paul Teutul Sr. and Orange County Choppers .

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The financial hits keep coming for "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr.

Page Six, citing court documents, reported that the financially-strapped reality TV star has been ordered to pay a photographer $258,484.45 for using his artwork without permission.

Paul Teutul Sr. sitting on a motorcycle: Paul Teutul Sr. attends the 9th Annual ETF golf invitational at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, on Sept. 21, 2015. © Bobby Bank/WireImage Paul Teutul Sr. attends the 9th Annual ETF golf invitational at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, on Sept. 21, 2015.

A photographer sued the 70-year-old and his son Michael "Mikey" Teutul las summer, alleging that he owned the copyright to an original photo of Michael that was used on merchandise and on the reality TV show. The lawsuit didn't indicate how much Paul and Mike made off the merchandise. In addition, the photographer said the men were also in violation of copyright when they used one of his photos to promote Michael's art exhibition, all without his permission. The picture, he said, showed his logo, but he claimed the men took it off.

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“ American Chopper ” star Paul Teutul filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in New York just days before the show was set to air. Teutul filed paperwork claiming that he owes close to 50 creditors ,070,893.44 and that he was only worth ,801,729 on Feb. 28, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.

The source that spoke to Radar Online explained that while American Chopper star Paul Teutul Jr., better known as “Junior,” wants to mend fences and have a “relationship” with his dad, Paul Teutul His house is in foreclosure, he has multiple lawsuits against him. He had to do something for money.

The judge sided with the photographer.

Paul Teutul Sr. wearing glasses: Paul Teutul Sr. arrives for the George Lopez Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration Party at Baltaire in Los Angeles on April 30, 2017. © FilmMagic Paul Teutul Sr. arrives for the George Lopez Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration Party at Baltaire in Los Angeles on April 30, 2017.

The six-digit verdict only adds to Paul's financial troubles and legal issues, which are stout.

In 2017, Paul was sued for fraud after several business partners claimed he sabotaged a TV project, which led to them losing millions of dollars. In February 2018, he filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in New York. At the same time, be said he owed $22,364.60 in state taxes for his Newburgh, N.Y. based restaurant, Orange County Choppers Cafe. His 38-acre home was also in foreclosure, until it sold in June 2019. He eventually sold his prized auto collection to keep his famous motorcycle shop afloat.

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Hoss’s lawsuit had claimed that the reaction video infringed on his copyright because it contained clips from his video “Bold Guy vs Parkour Girl.” Unfortunately for Hoss, criticism counts as fair use even when the critics use clips of the copyrighted work.

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In his initial bankruptcy filing, Paul added that there was a $32,000 judgment against him and that he owed $151,230.98 to the Town of Crawford, New York, for taxes, as well. In addition, he said he owed about $21,000 to multiple credit card companies.

Paul first rose to fame after starring in "American Chopper," which aired from 2003 to 2010. The show returned to the air in March 2018 and aired for two seasons. While Discovery has not formally cancelled the show, the future of the show has been said to be in jeopardy.

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