Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd have been sued to halt the construction of their latest venue P.U.M.P. Lounge in West Hollywood. Lisa released a statement after the lawsuit, saying,Â â€œWe had no prior knowledge of Ryan Carillo and Andrew Gruver or theirÂ claim.” But according to court papers,Â Carrillo and Gruver claimed they had a deal to partnerÂ with another businessman, Elie Samaha, to open a gay sports bar andÂ restaurant called Bar Varsity on the site of the shuttered Java Detour,Â which is owned by Samaha and his brother.
But the deal went bad, when, according to the businessmen, Vanderpump andÂ Todd entered into agreement and â€œintended to disrupt the performance ofÂ the (existing) agreement.â€
â€œWe took the lease in good faith sevenÂ months ago and all of our applications and notices have been postedÂ publicly. Any issue will be between them and the property owner,” Lisa said in a statement regarding the suit.
But the Plaintiffs lawyer, Joe Adams, tells RadarOnline, â€œThat statement as it pertains to the alleged lack of Ms. Vanderpumpâ€™sÂ â€™prior knowledge of Ryan Carillo and Andrew Gruverâ€™ is false andÂ misleading.” He continues,Â â€œThe underlying fact is that Ms. Vanderpump has had extensive â€˜priorÂ knowledgeâ€™ of Mr. Carillo and Mr. Gruver prior to their filing of theÂ above-referenced legal claim.â€
He claims Gruver has hosted parties at SUR and has had a direct relationship with Lisa.Â â€œMs. Vanderpumpâ€™s has indeed had â€˜prior knowledgeâ€™ of Mr. Carillo as well,Â as evidenced by numerous photos and videos recorded at events in which Ms.Â Vandperpump and Mr. Carillo have extensively interacted,â€ Adams added.