Bravo and former “Real Housewives of Orange County” executive producer Scott Dunlop have been hit with a lawsuit from former producers of the show claiming they were wrongfully pushed out of the show and cheated out of millions, reports TheWrap.com.
The $5 million lawsuit comes from Patrick Moses and Kevin Kaufman, who claim they helped create the show, and from that, the franchise.
“This is a case about the real story behind the ‘Real Housewives’ — a case of textbook fraud and self-dealing,” the lawsuit alleges. The suit was filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court.
“According to the suit, Dunlop, Moses and Kaufman conceived of the show ‘Behind the Gates,’ revolving around Dunlop’s Orange County neighborhood of Coto de Caza,” the story reports, adding that they “agreed that they would ‘share all revenue that the Program ever generated — specifically including producer fees — on “an equal, one-third basis.”‘”
“Behind the Gates” turned into “Real Housewives of Orange County,” according to the lawsuit.
But as the show was about to go into production for its second season, Bravo requested a meeting with Dunlop, the lawsuit notes.
“The lawsuit claims that Bravo and Dunlop told the plaintiffs that their production entity, Ventana, was being replaced by ‘a large Los Angeles-based production company for cost reasons’ and that Dunlop would be kept on as a ‘local fixer’ for a modest fee of a few thousand dollars,” the story reports. “In reality, Moses and Kaufman claim, Dunlop was made executive producer, and the pair were cut out of the franchise.”
Bravo had no comment.