The daughter of reality TV personality Duane “Dog” Chapman — who gained international fame as the star of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” from 2004 to 2012 — is speaking out against her father, and accusing him of hom0phobia, racism, and infidelity.
Bonnie Chapman, 22, published a lengthy post on social media Tuesday as a follow-up to a report by TMZ from earlier this week, which revealed that two of Dog’s daughters hadn’t been invited to his upcoming wedding.
The 68-year-old reality television star is set to marry his fiancée Francie Frane on Sept. 2, but neither Chapman nor her half-sister Cecily, 28, are on the guest list.
Chapman, a cast member of the social justice how “The System” on the streaming service Unleashed, writes that shortly after TMZ published the story, she received a text from Fran, 52, confirming that “the reason I wasn’t invited to my dad’s wedding is my choice to participate in social justice and BLM protests with “The System”, and not condemn the streaming platform when they fired my father for using epithets.”
In March, Unleashed Reality Entertainment released a statement saying that its recently announced show “Dog Unleashed,” which was being promoted as Dog’s return to television, had been canceled after the company “received reports of actions taken by Mr. Chapman during the show’s production that breach our contractual agreements.”
The platform, which launched on April 1, added that “we stand for equality and justice and we will not be associated with projects that are not congruent with these values.”
“I’m sorry, but I can’t defend my Dad’s racism,” Chapman wrote in her statement Tuesday.
“When it comes to ‘The System’ on UnleashedTV, my father was fired by the platform for using racial and hom0phobic epithets toward my fellow cast members on the show, which is about social justice advocacy and protesting violence and racial bias by police. I have expressed time and time again my ever-growing disappointment in my father’s progression into his old racist ways.”
Chapman goes on to say that her father “would cheat on my mom all the time, and I hated him every time he did it, but I forgave him for that because I wanted a relationship with my dad.”
Her mother, the late Beth Chapman, died in 2019 of throat cancer.
“Since my mom died, my dad ran away from the person she inspired him to be. He began to do that when she was sick in the hospital, and he began to have an affair with a friend of my mom’s,” she wrote.
According to Chapman, her father “hates” the Black Lives Matter movement and has called BLM protesters “thugs.”
He has also used “horrific epithets against LGBTQ people, and he has further aligned himself with right-wing extremists who believe in QAnon theories,” she wrote.
“I know this may be a shock to some of the public, but you deserve the truth. I’m sorry for those who looked up to my father growing up. I’m sorry to those who truly thought he was a good man; I thought so too at some point,” she added.
Bonnie’s half-sister Lyssa Chapman defended their father on social media.
“My sister(s) are putting out lies about our father. Do not listen! For the record, Bonnie and Cecily are loved by our family and we are heartbroken that bad people are using them to get revenge on Dad,” she tweeted. “Dad is not a racist and not hom0phobic. He loves all people.”
“Everything Bonnie is alleging has been put in her head by ex-business partners of my father who are angry they couldn’t ride his coattails any longer. Dad quit working with them when he realized they were con men,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet, adding that she believes Dog’s former business partners “are of a cult mentality and my sisters have been indoctrinated.”
According to People, her father and his fiancée released a statement through their rep slamming the allegations as a “false and a misguided attempt to derail our wedding.”
The statement also says that Bonnie and Cecily were “groomed by disgruntled former associates” of Dog “who want revenge at any cost and are attempting to tarnish [his] reputation.”