This year has been very strenuous for Todd Chrisley, and things aren’t getting any better. In June, the TV personality who was charged with tax evasion and bank fraud along with his wife, Julie Chrisley, were found guilty. While their sentencing date has been pushed back to November 21st, Chrisley is in yet another legal trouble.
The reality TV star, best known for his time on the reality show “Chrisley Knows Best,” was recently sued for defamation. This case isn’t the first time Chrisley has had legal drama with the plaintiff, Amy Doherty-Heinze. The former investigator was responsible for looking into the star’s finances in the past.
In the recent suit, the Georgia Department of Revenue alum claimed that the 53-year-old defamed her on his podcast “Chrisley Confessions” by spreading several lies about her.
Keep reading to find out more.
Todd Chrisley Has Been Hit With Another Lawsuit
According to Page Six, Heinze filed the lawsuit on Thursday, September 22nd. The document read that Chrisley “falsely and maliciously” accused the former investigator of suspicious activities during the previous investigation.
Heinze also claimed that the star brought up her name two times during an episode and accused her of breaking the law and being dishonest. He then noted that Heinze should be investigated and charged instead of him.
The document also read that the “Sharknado” star pushed for a “campaign” to get her company to fire her and slandered her name on several episodes of his podcast. This allegation comes after the ex-investigator sued him in 2021 for the same offense. While he was unrelenting, she decided to sue him again.
Todd Chrisley Was Sued Last Year
Heinze sued the “30-Rock: A One-Time Special” star in July 2021 for a similar offense per Page Six. At the time, she alleged that Chrisley called her out on his podcast and social media pages several times. He also accused her of “a multitude of crimes and wrongdoing” while she was in charge of investigating his finances in 2017.
While the case is still processing, she hit the star with another lawsuit this year as he reportedly refused to retract the claims and apologize. The legal battle marks the second one Chrisley is dealing with in 2022 after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and tax fraud earlier in June.
The Chrisley couple faces up to 30 years in jail for the crime. In response, the couple claimed that the witness “lied” and filed a motion for a new trial. Their sentencing was subsequently postponed due to their motion.
Todd And Julie Chrisley Were Found Guilty
Todd and his wife Julie Chrisley were charged with several counts of tax, bank and wire fraud. They allegedly applied for loans with fake documents. The lawsuit also alleged that the “What’s Cooking With Julie” star used fake bank statements and credit reports to pay house rent in California.
Following this, the court jointly found the couple guilty of conspiring to defraud the US and conspiracy to commit tax evasion and bank fraud. The court additionally found the mother of three guilty of obstruction of justice and wire fraud.
While the couple awaits the sentence, which could put them behind bars for three decades, they have asked their fans to put them in prayers.
Todd Chrisley Asked Fans For Their Prayers
Chrisley left a message for fans on a June episode of his podcast. While he was overwhelmed by the situation, he expressed how grateful he was for their “messages,” “flower arrangements,” “mails,” and “the gifts that people are leaving at our doors.”
While he “very much appreciated” the gestures, he wanted fans to stop. He explained why, saying, “we don’t want you … wasting your money on things like that.” He also asked them to pray for him and his family while insisting that they didn’t “need anything.” He said, “So, really, the best gift you could give us is prayer.”
The “Growing Up Chrisley” star also revealed that “it has been a whirlwind” for the Chrisley family and that they will be tuning out all the “naysayers.” He also noted that they were going through a lot but trusted God to help them. In a later episode, Chrisley insisted that he would hold on to his faith and pray to God to work miracles for him.