Paradise Lost! Chad and Evelyn May Be Sued By St. Maarten’s Government
Evelyn and Chad disregarded their marriage contract after a mere 41 days, but the couple might have a tougher time getting out of the contract they signed for their wedding venue.
Reportedly, Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada signed a contract with the government of St. Maarten and obtained approximately $90,000 for their wedding on July 4th. The agreement was that VH1 would air their wedding on the reality show “Ev and Ocho” and the island would get publicity and a boost in tourism as a result. If the couple doesn’t hold up their end of the contract, the island can be sued.
Well, after the alleged assault, VH1 canceled the show without airing a single episode and now the couple may have to pay up.
According to St. Maartin News Network:
SMN News learned that two Members of Parliament, one of which is supporting the current coalition government practically forced the current coalition government to make the monies available to Johnson and Lozada since they were busy negotiating with the couple prior to the fall of the UP/DP government. SMN News also learned via our sources that the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Sarah Wescot Williams objected to the investment but her concerns were not taken into consideration and the Council of Ministers went ahead with the investment which they placed under “strategic advertising” for the island.
Reliable sources within the government apparatus said that the two MPs were supposedly getting a kick back from the monies government invested in the wedding of NFL player Chad Johnson. The source said one particular MP has connections in the United States and that Member of Parliament made commitments with the couple and other political heads in the US.
When SMN News reporter asked members of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday during the Council of Ministers’ press briefing if government intends to retrieve the tax-payers monies they invested in the wedding if the contract is not upheld, Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs at first deferred the question to the Minister of Finance but then she later said that the media was asked not to publish previously mentioned information on the couple’s wedding locally because the series is scheduled to air in September 2012.
Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confirmed that St. Maarten invested approximately $90,000.00 in the wedding. However, he explained that the contributions St. Maarten made to the wedding is like investing in any other business. “When someone is investing in business it’s a risk they are taking and if something happens then they will have to deal with the consequences. Naturally, we have a contract with Johnson and Lozada and that contract has some clauses inside of it and St. Maarten will use those clauses if necessary.” Tuitt also confirmed that if the series is not aired that St. Maarten will go ahead and retrieve the monies they invested in Johnson’s wedding.
It would be surprising if Chad and Evelyn were personally sued and not VH1 considering that VH1 is likely who St. Maarten actually did business with. Also, it was VH1’s decision to cancel the show not necessarily Evelyn or Chad’s. However, if the couple is sued personally, then maybe they can pawn their wedding rings for the money. That may be all the assets that Chad has left.
Of course, some are comparing this situation to Kim Kardashian’s blink-and-you-missed it reality show wedding. The major difference here is that Kim didn’t file for divorce until after the wedding episode aired. Therefore, E! nor any of her vendors had a legitimate reason to sue her because they got their promised publicity. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if she (or her mother) planned it that way. If Evelyn was trying to take a page out of Kim’s book, she certainly should have taken better notes. Kim and Kris walked away from their marriage relatively unscathed compared to the utter trainwreck that is Evelyn and Chad’s situation.
I (almost) feel sorry for this couple.
What do you think? Shouldn’t VH1 be the ones getting sued and not Chad and Evelyn?
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