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EXCLUSIVE COURT DOCUMENTS: Ken Todd sued for defamation

Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd
Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd
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Ken Todd, the husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member, Lisa Vanderpump, is being sued by two brothers, Kevin and David Cazaref, for assault, battery, assault, slander, abuse of process and IIED (intentional infliction of emotional distress). The lawsuit, filed last Monday, April 7, 2014, came six months after Todd filed a lawsuit against them in October, which was dismissed last month when he failed to show up for court. Both lawsuits stem from an incident that occurred on October 3, 2013, when the two brothers were doing construction work at P.U.M.P Lounge, one of many restaurants Todd and Vanderpump own when an altercation of some sort occurred between him and the two brothers, which stemmed from Todd attempting to show them how to properly drill into the concrete. From there, each party tells a very different version of events.

According to court documents submitted by the Cazaref brothers, it all started when Todd approached Kevin in a "rude and aggressive manner" because he was unhappy with the way Kevin was drilling into the concrete. Kevin claims that he replied by telling Todd to be more respectful and "offered to have Todd show him how to do the demolition," which, according to the complaint, Todd did not appreciate and "proceeded to push Kevin hard on his chest as he grabbed the demolition tool."

The complaint goes on to say that Kevin, embarrassed about being belittled in front of his co-workers, left the job site to take a walk. Meanwhile, David Cazaref, who allegedly witnessed the incident, went over to his brother and encouraged him to report the incident to the police. They flagged down a nearby deputy, who came back to the job site with them and spoke to Todd about the incident, then reported back to the Cazaref brothers that Todd was "sorry for losing his temper and that he was willing to offer Kevin a sum of money as a gesture of good faith."

But according to the brothers, the amount he offered was not enough. Meanwhile, according to the complaint, upon seeing the parties were in negotiations, the deputies left the scene. The brothers claim that Todd then asked them to come with him to the bank so he could compensate them and "avoid any problems." On their way to the bank, the brothers say that he, again, offered them an amount of money that they did not believe was enough and so they, once again, rejected his offer, which they say angered Todd, who then "started to discuss his wife's television show and how this incident could affect it." The brothers claim they did not appreciate his temper and asked him to stop the car so they could get out, which he did, but not before loudly accusing them of blackmailing him when they were getting out of his car, which everyone within earshot could hear.

The brothers claim they then went back to the construction site and Todd returned a bit later and told them he had just spoken to his lawyer and was going to have them put in jail for extortion. One of the deputies that handled the incident earlier that day then returned to the scene and had "a long chat with Todd," though the complaint does not specify what about.

The next day, the two brothers filed a police report, claiming Todd assaulted them (which Todd claims is false and untrue).

Four days later, on October 8, 2013, Todd hit the two brothers with a lawsuit for assault, battery, civil extortion, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and prima facie tor. In the lawsuit (which was dismissed last month when Todd did not show up to court), he claims that after witnessing Kevin drilling into the concrete in an "improper and unsafe" manner, he "respectfully" attempted to show Kevin how to properly use a concrete chipper. Then, according to Todd, "Kevin Cazaref, suddenly and without provocation, became enraged," and "violently hurled" the concrete chipper at him, which he claims caused "serious and permanent injury" to his lower body, "including his hip, right leg and knee."

Todd's complaint further alleged that when the two brothers flagged down a nearby police officer, to which they told "a fabricated version of events," including that he had hit them (which, again, he denies) and claims that after police had an "informal talk" with him and third-parties, no arrests were made.

Todd claims that hours later, the Cazaref brothers approached him with "express oral threats" to go to the police with their "false and fabricated accusations" and have him "arrested and charged with battery, brazenly boasting they had a family member with connections to the police department in the area who would assist them in perpetuating their fabricated story" and smear his name in the media unless he paid them at least $50,000, which Todd says he refused to do.

The court documents for Todd's lawsuit against the brothers, which also made a point to refer to Kevin Cazaref as an "ex-felon" several times, can be viewed here.

As stated earlier, upon Todd's failure to show up for court, the lawsuit was dismissed.

According to the Cazarefs, not only did Todd not show up for court, but the two brothers were never served with the lawsuit papers in the first place, despite the fact that they made themselves readily accessible and did not change their addresses or attempt to evade being served in any way. The brothers further allege that, "As a result of Todd's actions, Plaintiffs have suffered general damages to their reputation and special damages in the way of injury to Plaintiffs' occupation," and that Todd's claims of blackmail were done "intentionally, knowingly and with malice in that he knew what he was claiming was not true and he was doing so to avoid negative publicity for himself and his wife and cause harm to Plaintiffs."

What do you think, readers? Who do you believe?

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