"Fixer Upper" star Chip Gaines fired back at his former business partners on Twitter Saturday, questioning the motive behind the $1 million fraud lawsuit that was filed against him.
"Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs," he tweeted Saturday. "No one called or emailed? 4 years later 'friends' reach out via lawsuit.. humm."
Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later "friends" reach out via lawsuit.. humm— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017
Gaines' former business partners John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed a lawsuit against him last week. The suit alleges that Gaines convinced them to sell their shares of Magnolia Real Estate Company just two days before HGTV announced the launch of "Fixer Upper," which features Chip and his wife Joanna.
The former business partners allege that by withholding information about the show's premiere, Gaines committed fraud, USA Today reports.
"At a time when only the Defendants knew that Fixer Upper had been fast-tracked for a one-hour premiere on HGTV and was on the verge of radically changing their lives and business enterprises, Chip Gaines conspired to eliminate his business partners notwithstanding their longstanding friendship in order to ensure that he alone would profit from Magnolia Realty's association with Fixer Upper," the lawsuit states.
Jordan Mayfield, Gaines' attorney, told USA Today he is "confident that these claims will be found to be meritless."