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Man Sues 'Lipstick' Bounty Hunters

Daniel Duvall says a group of pink-shirted female bounty hunters roughed him up for failure to pay money owed to a bail bondsman.

An Orange County man who said he was blinded in his right eye and suffered a broken nose when pink-shirted bounty hunters tried to arrest him in an Arby's in Huntington Beach sued the women and several bail bonds companies Tuesday.

Daniel Lee Duvall's lawsuit alleges that Lipstick Bail Bonds Inc. and several affiliated bail bond agents deprived him of his civil rights and are guilty of negligence, battery, false arrest and breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Duvall had 101 Bail Bonds American Surety Co. bail him out of jail with a $100,000 bond in February. Duvall paid $1,000 and promised to pay the rest later, according to the lawsuit.

Duvall and a family friend intended to pay the balance when the friend got a financial settlement from an unrelated lawsuit, according to Duvall's attorney, Dan Gilleon.

Cathy Kessler, who lives in Orange County, was one of the pink-shirted Lipstick Bounty Hunters who also works for 101 Bail Bonds. She arranged to meet with Duvall at the Arby's at 7942 Edinger Ave. on March 18 to handle some paperwork, the lawsuit alleges.

Once there, Kessler, Roni Faciante and a few other women in pink shirts, including one toting a camera, tried to arrest Duvall, the lawsuit alleges.

"Duvall reasonably believed he was under assault and about to be battered by three unidentified, unprofessional and agitated women and a cameraperson, three of whom were wearing bright pink shirts, and two pointing what appeared to Duvall to be handguns at him in a public place where other Arby's patrons were also placed in immediate and severe danger," the lawsuit alleges.

The video, which was posted online, shows Duvall yelling and running away as he is shot with rubber balls.

"Despite the 'keystone cops' level of absurdity depicted in the video they created of themselves, the Lipstick defendants uploaded their epic failure to their youtube.com account, defaming Duvall and other innocent people in the process," the lawsuit alleges.

Gilleon believes the women were angling for a reality-TV show.

Duvall likely will need surgery on his right eye, Gilleon said.

Gilleon alleged the bounty hunters, who were hired because they would work "cheap" and also worked for the bond company, were not allowed to arrest anyone for failure to pay.

Duvall avoided the Lipstick bounty hunters for two weeks until he returned to court April 2 to get his bond exonerated and have another company post his bail, according to the lawsuit.

About five hours after a judge signed off on the new bail, the bounty hunters arrested Duvall again and "surrendered" him to jail, where he was held 16 hours before being released, the lawsuit alleges.

The women arrested Duvall because they "continued to hold feelings of ill will toward Duvall, and wanted to arrest him anyway, to punish him and exact revenge, and to attempt to save face over their sensational, public, and epic incompetence and failures of the previous two weeks," the lawsuit alleges.

Duvall was bailed out on two separate cases. One involved possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drugs. The other was a misdemeanor case for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Duvall pleaded guilty to being on drugs and was sentenced to three years of informal probation and a drug rehab program. The felony case is pending, with Duvall due in court April 16.

Faciante said her company had not yet been served with the lawsuit and could not comment.

-- City News Service

Joker Joe April 10, 2013 at 03:58 PM
If his attorney, who is not a doctor, says, "Duvall likely will need surgery on his right eye". He may not need surgery on his right eye. U mess wit da women, you get da horn, dummy!!!!
pete Moss April 17, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Shut up, willy.
Matthew Sims April 17, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Did you even see what they did to him? You fucking idiot.
Matthew Sims April 17, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I hope these cunts get sued out of all their money. the way they assaulted this man is downright ridiculous.
John Brewington April 17, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I saw the video and interview on Dr Phil. Two sides to every story but to my way of thinking this could have turned out much differently had good judgment been used. 4k bond doesn't seem likely he was out on a violent offense. They acted he reacted.
ranee April 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Wow. Guy out to make money by sueing. Also I watxh the video and does not show him protecting his eye when his eye was supposedly hit. When the camera got closer his eye should of been red or redness around eye and if u were hit with rubber bullet should show signs of brusing. Only mark was on his nose. Just a guy who was embarrassed by getting taken down by women.
reesha April 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM
These woman or so called bounty hunters were very reckless and unprofessional
sara April 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Those women are dumb as fuck. They were looking for publicity and they got it. Going in a public restaurant, acting like dumb cunts. Put by standers at risk and assaulting him like dumb monkeys was going waaaay too far.
Papa bear April 20, 2013 at 07:19 AM
you are the dummy. He had a serious eye injury. Part of his Retina was detatached which will REQUIRE Surgery. I am sure the lawyer was making a statement from the Dr. If this eye injury does not require surgery I think a few eye doctors need to quit their practice and work for the insurance company. I had part of my retina detached not from injury and guess what 2 surgerys within 3 months..

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