Dog The Bounty Hunter’s daughter Bonnie Chapman has blasted her father in a lengthy statement accusing him of racism, homophobia, and cheating on his late wife Beth ‘all the time.’
Bonnie, 22, took to Facebook on Tuesday after receiving a text message from her father’s fiancee Francie Frane, allegedly confirming she had not been invited to their wedding due to her activism work and failure to condemn the streaming platform that allegedly fired her father over the use of ‘epithets’.
The text message was sent after Bonnie spoke with TMZ, where she claimed her involvement with Black Lives Matter led to a falling out with her father.
In the lengthy post, Bonnie alleged her father was unfaithful during his marriage to her mother Beth. Beth died at age 51 following a battle with cancer in 2019.
Dog The Bounty Hunter’s daughter Bonnie Chapman has blasted at her father in a lengthy statement accusing him of cheating on his late wife Beth and using ‘racial and homophobic epithets’ towards cast members on her show The System
Bonnie also claimed Francie traveled on a plane ‘knowing’ she was infected with COVID-19.
She also alleged her life had been threatened by ‘QAnon wackos’ but her father refused to speak out against them. Instead, he only offered ‘excuses’ as to why he remained silent.
‘On the morning of August 22, TMZ released the following story about my sister and me not being invited to my dad’s wedding. Later in the morning, I received a text from Francie Frane, my dad’s fiancé. Francie’s text message confirmed that the reason I wasn’t invited to my dads 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. I’m sorry, but I can’t defend my Dad’s racism.
‘Considering the text I received today, I have just a little bit more to say about this entire subject.
Bonnie took to Facebook on Tuesday after receiving a text message from her father’s fiancee Francie Frane
‘When it comes to ‘The System’ on UnleashedTV, my father was fired by the platform for using racial and homophobic 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.
‘I had forgiven my father after my mother’s death for countless actions that I shouldn’t have. He 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. I thought I had only one parent left. I was left with the racist and homophobic parents. I can’t begin to fathom how some of my mother’s fans may feel. I say my mother’s fans because everyone watched for Beth. My mother was a shining light in the void. I can no longer watch someone diminish her light with his hatred. I can no longer sit and be quiet about these things.
‘My mom was a true leader, and believe it or not; she kept my dad focused on his career. We all know of his missteps, but my mom always stood by him. She also kept him in line! My mom was loyal, and she was fiercely protective of her family. She loved my father and did her best to make him the best man he could be. All too often, that job consisted of dealing with his near-constant infidelity with her friends and strangers while trying to teach him to be a better man. I don’t think that work was in vain; I think mom did change my dad. But that change vanished when my mom died.
In the lengthy post, Bonnie accused her father of cheating on his late wife Beth ‘all the time’
‘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.
‘As a child, I was always silenced by him, threatened with physical violence, and I will no longer back down. I stand for what I believe in firmly, and I think my mother deserves the honor. My father has dishonored my mother in countless ways since her passing. He’s associated himself with people like right-wing megachurch pastor Greg Locke, who mock crucified his own son for religious propaganda and spews hate toward LGBTQ people almost constantly in his social media.
‘My life has been threatened on several occasions by QAnon wackos, and my father has sat and made excuses for why he won’t say anything. I’m sorry to speak about the real Duane Chapman for those who loved my mother and loved the man she loved. 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. Growing up, we have to take the people we idolize off a pedestal.
‘I believe my father, at some point, was making his best efforts to be a good man, which is why I’ve publicly ALWAYS defended him. I followed my mom’s lead. I followed the strongest woman I’ve ever known. I was scared my only parent would hate me. I was scared of not being invited to family gatherings. However, I know my mom would never stand for this, and it is in honor of her legacy that I speak out.
She also alleged her life had been threatened by ‘QAnon wackos’, but her father refused to speak out against them. Instead, he only offered ‘excuses’ as to why he wouldn’t ‘say anything’
‘He has embraced old prejudices and doubled down on racist and homophobic stereotypes. For example, my dad hates BLM and called BLM protestors who I proudly stand with each and every day ‘thugs.’ He has used horrific epithets against LGBTQ people, and he has further aligned himself with right-wing extremists who believe in QAnon theories. In December 2020 Francie told me she had Covid-19, but that she slept with my father because God told her too. She also told me she flew to speaking events knowing she had covid. She didn’t seem to care about the thousands of people she could have infected.
‘If my dad and his new wife want to travel to right-wing churches attacking gay people and advancing QAnon theories, he can certainly do that, but I’m going to stand by the memory and legacy of my mom, Beth Chapman. Her memory, and the values she stood for, are worth fighting to advance.
‘That’s why I joined the cast of ‘The System’. We stand against police corruption every day, and every day I stand and fight against the kind of racism and bias that I saw come from my father growing up. I know I’m exactly where my mom would want me to be, fighting to protect the weak and standing up for the inherent worth of every single person.
Heartbreaking: Beth died at age 51 after a battle with cancer in 2019
‘I said before that I really didn’t know why I wasn’t invited to my dads wedding. While I knew he was mad about being fired, he has only himself to blame. I thought my dad would be man enough to put family first, but it appears that man died with my mother.’
Despite the drama, Dog struck an optimistic note while speaking with Us Weekly about his upcoming nuptials on Tuesday.
‘I have a large family and most of them are going to be here for it. I love all my kids and it’s going to be great to have so many people here to celebrate,’ he told the site.
‘We’ve spent so long on this to ensure it’s going to be just perfect and believe me, nothing is going to get in the way of us,’ he added.
Disagree: Dog The Bounty Hunter’s daughter Bonnie claims her support of Black Lives Matter was part of what lead to her falling out with her father
The reality star added it was sad his daughters Cecily and Bonnie Chapman, who both said they were not invited to the wedding, were attempting to ‘bring a cloud over our wedding.’
Bonnie’s statement came after she spoke with TMZ, explaining she believed she had not been invited to her father’s wedding due to her activism along with her connection to dad Duane Chapman’s former network UnleashedTV sparked the rift.
According to Dog’s daughter, UTV fired the reality star for using racial and homophobic epithets. She also claims he called BLM protesters ‘thugs.’
Bonnie still works with UTV on their own show The System, which focuses on dismantling systemic racism.
Better times: The Chapmans are seen together in 2019
And that connection seemed to make things tense between the family this weekend when Chapman’s fiancée Francie Frane texted Bonnie to accuse her and step-sister Cecily of betraying their father by working with the network.
‘Bonnie, First I’d like to say that playing dumb does not suit you AT ALL, You are WAY WAY SMARTER than that,’ Frane wrote in a text given to TMZ.
‘And Cecily’s statement is absolutely INCORRECT !!!! We Love How the two of You in different ways are like your mom.
‘So let’s not beat around the bush, You & Cecily both known you haven’t been invited to the wedding because your living under the same roof with the people who stabbed in the back, robbed, lied, manipulated, smeared his name and tried to ruin his career.
Late wife: Beth died at a hospital in Hawaii after a long battle with cancer on June 26, 2019. She was 51. Seen in 2017 above
‘You and Cecily have chosen to align yourselves with this and my job is to AT ALL COSTS protect you dad !!! I Love You Bonnie, And I truly hope with all my heart that You and Cecily find what your searching for and find happiness, true happiness in your life.’
Dog – who is a father of 13 – denied his daughters claims he was fired over using racist/homophobic language, calling the accusations a ‘false’ attempt to mess with the wedding.
He also told TMZ his daughters are being ‘groomed’ by his shady former associates, pleading: ‘Please pray for Bonnie and Cecily to be released from whatever hold these people have on them.’
‘Despite the sadness, we feel at this rift in our family, Francie and I are looking forward to celebrating our wedding next week with the rest of our family and close friends.’
The day earlier Bonnie and Cecily told TMZ a slightly different story, saying they think they have not been asked to attend the nuptials and they think it is because they resemble his late wife Beth and the star perhaps does not want to be reminded of her.
Dog and Francie responded that they ‘love Cecily and Bonnie very much’ but they ‘wish to keep any family issues private.’
Other reasons: The day earlier Bonnie and Cecily told TMZ a slightly different story, saying they think they have not been asked to attend the nuptials and they think it is because they resemble his late wife Beth and the star perhaps does not want to be reminded of her
Beth died at a hospital in Hawaii after a long battle with cancer on June 26, 2019. She was 51.
She and Dog had been married since 2006 and she co-starred alongside her husband on Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt and Dog’s Most Wanted.
Chapman has been married five times and has 13 children.
His first child is Christopher Michael Hecht, whose mother is Debbie White.
He two children with his first ex-wife, La Fonda Sue Darnell: they are sons Duane Lee Chapman, II (born in 1973) and Leland Blane Chapman (born in 1976).
The family: Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman (C) and family arrive at Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center in 2013 in Los Angeles, California
With second ex-wife Ann Tegnell, Dog welcomed three children: Zebadiah Chapman (born in 1980, but is deceased) Wesley Chapman (also born in 1980), and James Robert Chapman (born in 1982).
With third ex-wife, Lyssa Rae Brittain, he had daughter Barbara Katie Chapman (born 1982; she is deceased), son Tucker Dee Chapman (born 1983) and Lyssa Rae Chapman (born 1987).
Dog had two children with Beth: Bonnie (born 1998) and Garry (born 2001).
He adopted Cecily Barmore-Chapman (born 1993) who Beth had with her ex-husband.
The 68-year-old reality television star – who has been married five times previously – will be marrying 52-year-old rancher Francie next week.
He said this summer: ‘I’m getting married. We went to the venue, picked it out yesterday, looked at it. Man, it costs a lot to get married.’
They began dating in March 2020 which was 10 months after his wife Beth died.
When he wed Beth: From left are Timothy Chapman, jr., Leland Chapman, Duane lee Chapman, Tim Cahpman, Boris Krutonog, Dog, Beth, Moon Angell, Maureen Krutonog, Carrie Chirstman, Lyssa Chapman, Cecily Chapman in 2006