LOS ANGELES (CN) - The host of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" attacked a bar owner after the show's producers encouraged the man to hit on the host's wife, the man says in Superior Court.
After Dr. Paul Wilkes, part-owner of the Sand Dollar in Las Vegas, made comments to Jon Taffer's wife about her vagina and implied that he would have sex with her, Taffer stormed into the bar, smashed a cup into Wilkes' face and punched him, the lawsuit states.
Wilkes sued Jon Taffer, Nicole Taffer, and Bongo LLC, the company in charge of producing the reality television program, "Bar Rescue." Aside from Doe defendants 1 - 10, those are the only parties to the lawsuit.
The premise of "Bar Rescue" is that Jon Taffer, an expert in bar management, goes to failing bars to give the owners advice on how to turn their businesses around.
Wilkes, the sole plaintiff, bought the Sand Dollar in Las Vegas with his medical partner, Dr. Joseph Adashek, and a friend, Lisa Guerena. Wilkes and Adashek had other sources of income, but Guerena's only income was derived from the bar, according to the complaint.
The bar was in the red from the time they bought it. Because it was Guerena's only source of income, Wilkes sent an email to Metal Flowers Media to ask that the Sand Dollar be featured on "Bar Rescue," he says.
Lauren Kalb, a casting director for Metal Flowers, contacted Wilkes and Guerena and told them that the Sand Dollar was one of about 40 bars in the Las Vegas area being considered for the show, the complaint states.
"She told them that the people who displayed the most outrageous behavior would be considered the most television-worthy, and that those who behaved in the most outlandish manner would be the ones who were chosen for the next phase of consideration for the program," the lawsuit states.
Kalb and her associate went to the Sand Dollar to film audition tapes to get "a feel of how individuals being considered for casting would react to being on camera," the complaint states.
Wilkes, Adashek and two friends participated in the audition. Kalb told them to talk amongst themselves in a natural way, as if no cameras were present. Remembering that "outlandishness" was the key to securing an episode, Wilkes and a friend discussed their experiences at Las Vegas strip clubs, Wilkes says.
Based on this, Metal Flowers agents pitched to Bongo an idea about making an episode of "Bar Rescue" that focused on a "dirty doctor" who "picks up on strippers," according to the complaint.
Tim Warren, an executive producer for Bongo, subsequently went to the Sand Dollar to film another audition tape, during which he asked Wilkes' pointed questions about Jon Taffer, the host of "Bar Rescue," the complaint states.