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Ty Pennington Sued Over ADHD

9/11/2007 8:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ty Pennington"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington is being sued by a woman who claims that Ty took over her art gallery and fired her. Move that bust!

According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Melissa Ross claims she opened an art gallery in 2004 called The Jaxon House. Ross alleges that last July, Pennington and his wife/manager, Andrea Bock, approached her about developing a line of furniture to display in the gallery, while still exhibiting traditional art.


Ross alleges that she entered into an agreement with Pennington and Bock, but Pennington was left out of the paperwork for fear it would interfere with his Sears deal -- where Ty has a low-end furniture line. The company, known as Jaxon, launched a line of furniture called ADHD (Art Design Home Decor). Ironically enough, Pennington actually suffers from ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Go figure!

Shortly after the company was formed, Ross claims that Pennington muscled her out and that "only his designs were to be displayed" at the gallery. Ross is now asking the court for nearly $4,000,000 in damages -- that's a lot of end tables!

Pennington's rep tells TMZ, "Anyone with $320 can file a lawsuit -- even a nuisance suit like this one. This suit has no merit."

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fussi    

This guy's married? To a woman?

2494 days ago
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Bel    

I am so sick of him.

2494 days ago
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He's just another Idiot    

I think Ty Pennington is terrific. Love his show, although I do get misty-eyed. Some bitch is probably just trying to get in on his fame.

2494 days ago
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Toria    

I actually thought he was gay. Surprise, suprise, surpise.

2494 days ago
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boredofficeworker    

A good friend of mine is a FA with a discount airline. Ty was on one of his flights a few months ago and said he was very rude to his fans on the flight and did nothing but bitch about having to take the flight on such a crappy carrier. RUDE. SNOBBY. @$$HOLE! I do not doubt he is trying to pull a fast one to hawk his cheap crap.

2494 days ago
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stephen    

Mabybe he wanted to display some children without arms or some other ailment.
Talk in ATL is that mister personlity has screwed alot of boys.
His show is just awful. Hope someone shoves that bullhorn up his arse soon.

2494 days ago
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Tofer    

Regardless if this lawsuit is valid or not...he's still a big douche.

2494 days ago
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AJ    

WHAT??? KNOCK ME OVER WITH A FEATHER - TY IS NOT GAY???? Wow...I was way off on that one...

" Pennington and his wife/manager"

2494 days ago
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grassy knoll    

Ty married? yeah and kennedy was killed by a lone gunman.

2494 days ago
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LRT    

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?????

2494 days ago
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caveman    

whats he doing with a woman?????check that broads pants

2494 days ago
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LV_gyrlie    

People knock Ty for this story, but I commend the man for all the good he does regarding his show. And to solely comment on his sexual preference, how narrow-minded can you be in this day and age? It makes me sick how people judge one another without looking what is behind their doors or in their closets. Leave the man alone.

2494 days ago
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Lynn    

I think the show that Ty Pennington is on "Extreme Home Makeover" is a very emotional, heart wrenching show that really shows how some unfortunate people are forced to live in horrific surroundings, often putting their health at a tremendous risk. I never finish watching a show without tears. The new homes are gorgeous & geared to each family member perfectly. A lot of thought & care goes into each room.
As for the art gallery story, I think Melissa Ross was trying to capitalize on Ty's very recognized name and talent. Shame on her! And her naming a line of furniture ADHD which just happens to be the same letters as a disorder Ty suffers from is appalling. Again, an attempt at capitalizing on him. I think the suing needs to be done by him against HER for trying to capitalize on his name, and his health disorder, when she tried to make him seem like he was a part of her gallery. It's just wrong of her!
GIVE HIM A BREAK!! HE'S AWESOME!!

2494 days ago
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Gabi    

I'm thinking that all of the people (or rather, the one person under different aliases) who took the time to talk about Ty's supposed sexuality have probably been turned down by Ty in the past. You must be an insider...knowing all of the "talk in ATL" about Ty. I couldn't care less which way Ty swings...but you don't have to hate...just because he wouldn't let YOU in his pants.

2494 days ago
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Gabi    

Who gets "pushed out" of their own gallery? She was the owner, correct? Seriously. It just doesn't make much sense. I smell a money hungry B!+@H.

2494 days ago
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