'Dog' co-star Timothy Chapman arrested after caught with pants down
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/07/2008
Dog the Bounty Hunter sidekick Timothy Chapman was reportedly caught in a compromising position but is characterizing the incident as a misunderstanding.
Chapman was arrested Thursday night and charged Friday with first-degree terroristic threatening and may also be charged with indecent exposure, Jim Fulton, spokesman for Honolulu's prosecutor's office, told the Honolulu Star Bulletin in a Saturday report.
Police claim Ala Moana Center security guards responded to a Thursday night report of a man fondling himself in a vehicle in the shopping center's parking lot, according to the Star Bulletin, and recognized the 42-year-old co-star of A&E's Dog the Bounty Hunter reality series as they approached.
When the security guards requested Chapman exit the truck, he reportedly hopped behind the wheel, jumped a curb onto the sidewalk and drove towards a security guard before leaving the scene.
Chapman subsequently turned himself on Friday and was initially arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and indecent exposure, according to the Star Bulletin.
However he was instead charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, which the Star Bulletin reported is a a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. In addition if he is charged with indecent exposure -- a petty misdemeanor -- he could reportedly face a maximum 30-day sentence. He was released on $11,000 bail.
Brook Hart, Chapman's lawyer, described the incident to the Star Bulletin as a "massive misunderstanding," claiming his client spilled juice on his pants and retreated to the backseat of his truck to change. When security guards approached the truck, which has tinted windows, and started yelling, Hart told the Star Bulletin that Chapman attempted to get away to avoid negative publicity.
"It was simply a man who wet his pants with orange juice inadvertently and was changing them, doing nothing wrong at all and believing he had sufficient privacy to do it," Hart told the Star Bulletin.
Negative publicity has hounded Dog the Bounty Hunter since November, when a taped phone conversation in which Duane "Dog" Chapman could repeatedly be heard using the N-word was allegedly sold by his son Tucker to The National Enquirer, which made the tape available to the public. In the conversation, Duane and Tucker are discussing the possible fallout of using the N-word around Tucker's girlfriend Monique Shinnery, who is black.
Due to the comments, A&E has suspended production on Dog the Bounty Hunter's fifth season and pulled reruns of the show's first four seasons off its primetime programming schedule.
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