‘American Chopper’ Paul Teutul Sr. Sued By Former Business Partner Thomas Derbyshire
American Chopper star Paul Teutul Sr. is facing a lawsuit for allegedly sabotaging a T.V. project and costing his business partner millions of dollars.
Page Six obtained documents that claimed Teutul used his business partner, Thomas Derbyshire, investment in an American Chopper reboot for personal expenses.
Originally, Derbyshire agreed to work with Teutul on Orange County Choppers: American Made in 2015 and fund up to $3 million on the reboot at that time, but then their agreement went sour. Teutul tried to change the split from 51/49 percent ownership – Derbyshire having the greater percentage – to a 50/50 deal.
Derbyshire claimed Teutul held up the project by taking a week-long “fishing trip to his cabin in upstate New York” and refusing to film with Sons of Anarchy star Rusty Coones. He also alleged Teutul made deals without consulting him, claiming there was a “contract with a dog food manufacturer” and “a free car lift for [Orange County Choppers] in exchange for filming the car lift on the show [and] promoting the brand.” He claimed Teutul took money from the company to pay his son’s salary even though it was not part of the budget.
Teutul denies the claims, his representative, Paris D’ Jon, told Page Six, “As we have previously stated a 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.”