A lawyer for Taylor Lautner says the “Twilight” star has settled a lawsuit with an RV dealership he claims didn’t deliver a $300,000 coach in time for a movie shoot, the Associated Press reported.
Attorney Robert Barta said Friday (Sept. 3) that McMahon RV of Irvine, Calif. will pay $40,000 to Lautner, who will donate it to Lollipop Theater Network, a children’s charity.
The 18-year-old Lautner sued the dealership Monday, saying it missed a June deadline to deliver the 2006 Country Coach Affinity for use on the set of the movie “Abduction.”
Dealership owner Brent McMahon had offered to compete in a push-up contest to solve the dispute.
A phone message seeking comment on the settlement was not immediately returned.
Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob Black in the two-part “Twilight” finale.
The owner of an RV dealership sued by Taylor Lautner over a customized vehicle challenged the “Twilight” star Monday (Aug. 30) to use his muscles instead of his lawyers to resolve the case, the Associated Press reported.
Brent McMahon, who owns McMahon’s RV in Irvine, Calif., offered to compete in a push-up contest to settle the breach of contract lawsuit that Lautner filed Aug. 23 claiming the dealership failed to deliver a $300,000 RV on time for use as a dressing room on the set of the actor’s latest film.
McMahon and his attorney denied wrongdoing and said they will vigorously defend the case in court if Lautner, 18, doesn’t accept the challenge.
Lautner’s attorney Robert Barta said the challenge was indicative of problems with the dealership.
“McMahon RV’s response to our client’s legitimate claim further demonstrates the lack of professionalism that Mr. McMahon, his company and his employees have exhibited from the outset, and that compelled the filing of this lawsuit in the first place,” the statement read.
The push-up contest was a “facetious suggestion,” it said.
The dealership said Lautner’s camp had sought a $40,000 settlement to resolve the case, leading to the unorthodox proposal by McMahon. The 47-year-old businessman said if he won the contest, he would donate the settlement money to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Barta’s statement said the matter might be settled if McMahon made a $40,000 donation to a charity of Lautner’s choosing.
Lautner’s lawsuit also claimed the RV needed additional work after it was delivered. Barta’s statement claimed the vehicle wasn’t in a safe, drivable condition when it was handed over.
It was unclear what upgrades Lautner sought. McMahon said the vehicle was given a custom paint job.
Lautner gained fame for his role as Jacob Black in the “Twilight” movie series. He is currently filming “Abduction” and will reprise his role as Black in the two-part “Twilight” finale.
Taylor Lautner is suing an RV dealer for “emotional distress,” contactmusic.com reported
The ‘Twilight’ star planned to buy a customised 2006 Country Coach motorhome for $300,000 to use while filming new movie “Abduction” but has launched legal action over his “annoyance” that the vehicle wasn’t delivered on time.
The actor filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (Aug. 23) against McMahon’s RV after the dealership failed to have the vehicle delivered by the agreed date of June 21.
Taylor, 18, has claimed breach of contract and fraud and is demanding unspecified damages from the company.
The hunky star recently admitted despite his role as werewolf Jacob Black in the ‘Twilight Saga’ propelling him to stardom, he is still down-to-earth enough to help out with domestic chores around the home.
He said: “I help out with the lawn, garbage, dishes. When I come back, I have extra mowing to do. It’s very important to me. I describe it as I live two different lives. I have this life and do what I love to do, but I also have the same exact life as before and nothing has changed.”