Bret Michaels Added To ‘House Trashing’ Lawsuit


April 10, 2008

Poison lead singer Bret Michaels was added as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges his $9 million Encino home was trashed during taping of the VH1 unscripted series “Rock of Love,” court papers show.

Ray Sahranavard alleges about $380,000 in damage was caused during two months of taping. He filed the suit last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Mindless Entertainment Inc., producers of “Rock of Love,” alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and negligence.

Sahranavard added Michaels, the star of the reality show, as a defendant yesterday, as well as an additional cause of action alleging intentional destruction of property.

Representatives for Michaels and the producers were not immediately available for comment.

According to the suit, Sahranavard signed an agreement with the production company last September for the use of his home from Oct. 17 to Dec. 11 for the taping of the second season of the show starring Michaels and a cast of women who live in the home with him and compete for his affection.

The company promised to take good care of the mansion and obtain an insurance policy that would name Sahranavard as an additionally insured party with liability limits of $3 million, according to his court papers.

But when Sahranavard got his home back, there were holes in the walls and ceilings, all the doors had been removed, the interior had been nearly entirely repainted and much of the landscaping had died, according to his suit.

He says the nearly $380,000 damage estimate was compiled by a general contractor hired by him.

The producers later tried to distance themselves from the actions of Michaels and the female contestants, claiming they did not know what they did outside of the instructions given them by the company, the homeowner’s suit alleges.

Had Sahranavard known the producers’ intentions, he would not have allowed the show to be taped at his home, according to his court papers.

He claims the producers admitted they never bought an insurance policy and later set up a different company to try and make themselves judgment-proof.

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