Duane 'Dog' Chapman's latest bounty is seemingly within reach, thanks to a settlement in a long-running court case.
The titular star of A&E's "Dog The Bounty Hunter" has been embroiled in a legal battle for the past six years with series executive producer Boris Krutonog. After bouncing around various state and federal courts, including New York state and federal courts, Hawaii federal court, and California state court, the case appears to be heading toward a settlement.
Krutonog developed a working relationship with the famous bounty hunter and reality star back in 1994, when the two signed a 'Life Story Option Agreement' permitting the producer to develop projects centering on Chapman. The agreement eventually saw Krutonog as an co-executive producer on A&E's "Dog The Bounty Hunter" when it premiered in 2004, entitling the producer to payments per episode.
Despite their contractual agreement, bad blood developed between star and producer, who disagreed over payment amounts. The court case led A&E to deposit money owed to the two (totalling $4 million) in an account to be divvied up between the two parties once the lawsuit was settled.
However, a recent agreement between Krutonog and Chapman has not led to the release of the money from the account, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although a settlement is on the table, A&E is withholding payment, insisting their former reality star pay $1.2 million in the network's legal fees and absolve A&E of any future claims.
Attorney Marty Singer expressed his disappointment in the network's stonewalling, stating, "A&E was supposed to be Switzerland. They have to release the funds."