A&E’s Bounty Hunter in the Slammer
September 15, 2006 1:31 PM
Talk about the tilting scales of justice, yesterday Duane “Dog” Chapman, his son and another colleague who star in A&E’s highly rated reality show “Dog The Bounty Hunter” were arrested in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy.
The arrest stems back to June 2003, when Dog and cohorts captured Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. That prominent arrest put Dog, a real bounty hunter, on the map, and soon A&E gave him and his partners a reality show. Now Dog and his colleagues sit in a Honolulu jail without bail and face extradition hearings in Mexico under some lame-brain terms of a treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.
It’s too early to see how Dog’s extradition to Mexico will affect the future of the series. An A&E spokeman said the network supports Dog and is proud of his role in helping to bring a convicted serial rapist (Luster) to justice.
According to published reports, Dog had his first court appearance in Hawaii yesterday, wearing shackles. Dog said the government was jealous of his success. Hmm. Is this the death of the series or will viewers soon see future episodes, depicting Dog and his battle with the legal system?
I’m betting that Dog will be dandy and back in production soon.