Crime

Charges dropped against Beth Chapman, accused of calling Colorado girl "slut"

Chalk up another win for Duane "Dog" and Beth Chapman, two of the biggest celebrities from this celebrity-starved state. First, the bounty hunter and his bride took on A&E, the home of Dog the Bounty Hunter for eight seasons, and cut a new deal with CMT -- which just renewed their new show, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, for a second season.

And now the District Attorney's Office in Colorado Springs has dismissed harassment accusations made by a teenage girl against Beth Chapman.

Duane Chapman got his start in the bounty-hunting business here in Denver, and Beth was an investigator who helped on several early Westword stories. But they went global when they became the stars of Dog the Bounty Hunter, a reality show in which they chased bad guys from their new home base in Hawaii.

The Chapmans still have a home and other ties here in Colorado, though, and on July 10 they were on vacation at Monument Lake when a car sped by. A young male was driving; the teenage girl was riding shotgun, and she and Beth Chapman had an exchange in which Beth reportedly called the girl a "slut" and a "whore." She also called 911, after seeing that one of the people in the other car had a gun. But the girl made a call to local police, too, and the result was Beth Chapman being charged with verbal harassment.

But now the DA's office in Colorado Springs has dismissed that charge. "From the onset of this matter," reports Gary Lozow, Beth Chapman's attorney, "Ms. Chapman, who cooperated with with the District Attorney's Office, has been resolute about her innocence of any criminal wrongdoing. Beth Chapman will always aggressively protect her family. The dismissal of the misdemeanor charge is welcomed and appropriate."

Filming for the next season of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt will begin in January. For this series, they take their show on the road, leaving Hawaii and joining forces with their son, Leland, to support and advise fellow bondsmen and bounty hunters across the country, as they hunt down some of America's most dangerous criminals.

Slutty teenage girls in Monument not included.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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