Taylor Lautner's push-up challenge
Published 31/08/2010 | 17:04
Taylor Lautner has been challenged to a push-up contest by the owner of a motor home dealership being sued by the Twilight star.
Brent McMahon, who owns McMahon's RV in Irvine, California, offered to compete in the contest to settle the breach of contract lawsuit that Taylor filed on August 23 claiming the dealership failed to deliver a 300,000 dollar RV on time for use as a dressing room on the set of the actor's latest film.
McMahon and his attorney denied wrongdoing and said they'll vigorously defend the case in court if the 18-year-old doesn't accept the challenge.
Taylor's attorney Robert Barta said the challenge was indicative of problems with the dealership.
"McMahon RV's response to our client's legitimate claim further demonstrates the lack of professionalism that Mr McMahon, his company and his employees have exhibited from the outset, and that compelled the filing of this lawsuit in the first place," the statement read. The push-up contest was a "facetious suggestion," it said.
The dealership said the actor's camp had sought a 40,000 dollar settlement to resolve the case, leading to the unorthodox proposal by McMahon. The 47-year-old businessman said if he won the contest, he would donate the settlement money to Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Barta's statement said the matter might be settled if McMahon made a 40,000 dollar donation to a charity of Taylor's choosing.
Taylor's lawsuit also claimed the RV needed additional work after it was delivered. Barta's statement claimed the vehicle wasn't in a safe, drivable condition when it was handed over.
It was unclear what upgrades Taylor sought. McMahon said the vehicle was given a custom paint job.