“Fixer Upper” star Chip Gaines’ claims his ex-partners never even bothered to call him before filing a fraud lawsuit.
“Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed?” Gaines tweeted Saturday. “4 years later ‘friends’ reach out via lawsuit.. humm.”
The 42-year-old HGTV star was sued last week by his former Magnolia Real Estate Company partners.
John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark claim that Gaines, who was an equal partner in the real estate company, was already preparing for “Fixer Upper” when he bought them out for $2,500 each.
The two men claim Gaines called the company “less than worthless” when he bought their shares two days before announcing “Fixer Upper” had been picked up by HGTV.
“Chip became so fixated on securing the Magnolia name that he didn’t care if he offended or threatened anyone along the way,” the lawsuit states, according to E! News.
“For example, when Clark made it clear he wasn’t happy with Chip trying to lower the buyout even more, Chip allegedly sent the following text message to Lewis, threatening to resort to crass school yard behavior (emphasis added): ‘You better tell Rick to be careful. I don’t come from the nerdy prep school he’s from. And when people talk to me that way they get their a–es kicked. And if he’s not ready to do that he better shut his mouth. I’m not the toughest guy there is, but I can assure you that would not end well for (R)ick.’”
Gaines’ lawyer disputed the claims.
“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” he said in a statement.
Lewis and Clark have sued for $1 million and the return of their ownership stakes in Magnolia Real Estate.
Source: Ny Daily News