Cat Fight Against Lisa Vanderpump Ensues Over Allegations of Dog Charity Fraud
A lawsuit has been filed against The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and her hubby amid dog charity fraud allegations.
It’s the stuff you’ve come to expect from some of the Real Housewives–only this time, it’s for real. Television personality, restaurateur and actress Lisa Vanderpump (also of VanderpumpDogs Rescue center), along with her husband, Ken Todd, is being accused of defrauding Saving Spot Rescue.
Rescue center Owner Lizzie Scherer and her director Ira DeWitt are suing the couple for $500,000. Scherer and DeWitt (who is the wife of St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt) are seeking the damages for breach of contract, fraud, and claims of physical assault. Scherer filed a police report last month that claimed Vanderpump’s husband Ken Todd threatened to ‘destroy her forever’ and pushed her against a wall when Scherer would not let Todd’s friend adopt a dog from their charity event back in November.
But ‘Pinky,’ as Vanderpump is often called, says that Scherer is lying and that her husband is a 72-year-old man who was only looking to do good. Vanderpump says that her husband gave their organization $40,000, and implied that he also helped Ira DeWitt financially when she needed to pay rent.
DeWitt says that the couple committed fraud against Saving Spot, as well as stole from them, bounced checks to the organization, and reneged on contractual obligations. DeWitt says the couple’s actions did irreparable PR damage to their organization, which makes it extremely hard for them to continue helping dogs.
The torrid affair stems from a previous agreement the center had with Todd, who was supposed to take the charity facility over. Saving Spot alleges the famous couple were having having financial difficulties, and backed out of that agreement.
Vanderpump says they plan to counter sue, as she says they backed out of the agreement once they found out there were tax issues Saving Spot needed to deal with. DeWitt countered that Todd knew all their financial issues and that’s why he agreed to help them. Ira claims that by backing out, and now being so vocal about the situation, has done nothing but harm the animals the couple always claims to care about.
DeWitt and Scherer say that there were several hundreds of people who were aware of the assault Todd, and that they are confident that the courts will recognize the couple’s intent to steal their intellectual property and ruin their business.
Vanderpump maintains innocence on both her and her husband’s parts, and vows that they will fight these allegations with all they have, while they continue to do their own good works for animals everywhere.
So much drama! We can’t wait to watch it unfold!