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Springsteen

Sued Over a Horse,

Of Course

10/5/2007 8:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A former member of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team has sued Bruce Springsteen and wife Patty Scialfa, claiming they backed out of a deal to buy a horse named Pavarotti. O, sole mio!

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Todd Minikus filed the breach of contract lawsuit Thursday in Palm Beach County, Fla., in which he claims the Springsteens bailed on a deal to pay Minikus $650,000 to buy Pavarotti for their teenage daughter, Jessica. Minikus says they were also supposed to give him their horse named Scarlett, worth $200,000. But neigh!

The lawsuit says the musical couple put a $25,000 deposit on Pavarotti in July, but later changed their mind about buying the animal, partly because they were concerned about whether the horse was right for Jessica.

"This case involves a simple matter of parties on one side of a contract getting cold feet and attempting to avoid their obligations," the lawsuit says. "The cold-footed parties are entertainers Bruce and Patti Springsteen." Minikus is seeking damages, and compensation for the continued daily upkeep of Pavarotti. He also says Pavarotti's value has actually declined since the famous couple backed out of the deal.
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1.

Sharona    

I love Bruce, Patti, and their beautiful family. I have to say, as a lifetime horsewoman, that $650,000 for a child's horse is just unbelievable!

He's the Boss, and he can certainly spend his own money as he sees fit. He's extremely generous to various charities.

I would love to see a picture of the horse!

2553 days ago
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Josepha    

The horse is prettier than Patti, even w/out plastic surgery!! Bruce lose the earrings-we loved ya w/out them!

2553 days ago
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Beth Halle    

If they backed out and left the deposit, I think the Springsteen's have that right. The jerk keeps the down payment, he should be happy.

2553 days ago
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jerseygirl    

What a stinking thing to say about someone's wife.
If the guy keeps the down payment & still sues, he just another a**h**e
using our tax dollars to sue someone rich. Wouldn't we all want free money?

2553 days ago
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HelloMyNameIsSteph    

I love the Springsteens and their kids are great! I think they saw they were being a bit over-indulgent with Jessie and backed out, as good parents should. The seller gets to keep their deposit, and he can still sell the horse. That was the point of the deposit...maybe I don't understand the lawsuit. The Springsteens lose the 25K, he sells the overpriced horse to someone else, and life goes on.

2553 days ago
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Amanda    

Todd has a right to sue! Business is business. Horses are expensive animals to keep, with training and feeding and the like. When you breach a contract, you pay! It's only fair. Would you like someone doing that to you??? Put yourself in Todd's situation.

BTW, I've seen horses that have sold for more than this. Not saying that I would personally spend that much on a horse though...

2553 days ago
7.

Demi    

Who cares about him? He is old and worn out, it's time for him to retire! His wife is not attractive either, you would think that with all that money, he could have purchased a better looking wife - time to dye that red, worn out hair!

2553 days ago
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GDW    

The Springsteen's daughter competed recently at the Hamptons Classic. She's riding competitively in other words and 650K for a good horse at that level is not that unusual. But the guy bringing this lawsuit is full of it. People change their mind about buying houses, cars, horses, etc. Keep the deposit and go away. If they weren't famous he wouldn't be suing them.

2553 days ago
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the DQ    

2553 days ago
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MR.COXE    

When your worth a billion dollars, whats 650,000? Guess he shouldnt have signed a contract.

2553 days ago
11.

PATRIOT    

DIDN'T THEY LOSE THE DEPOSIT SINCE THAT'S USUALLY WHAT THEIR
FOR TO BEGIN WITH?? THIS GUY IS LOOKING FOR MONEY AT BRUCE'S
EXPENSE, IF BRUCE AND PATTY WEREN'T FAMOUS THIS GUY WOULDN'T
BE SUING THEM HE'D JUST TAKE THE DEPOSIT AND MOVE ON. BRUCE
IS OUR NATIVE SON AND NO COURT OR JURY OF HIS PEERS WOULD EVER
RULE AGAINST BRUCE HERE IN JERSEY, MINCUS IS LUCKY AND KNEW
BETTER TO FILE IN FLORIDA. IT'S RICH ASS*HOLES LIKE HIM THAT WASTE
COURT TIME OVER CRAP LIKE THIS JUST OUT OF SPITE AND/OR ATTENTION
AND/OR GREED. AS PARENTS THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO MAKE RATIONAL
DECISIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND OBVIOUSLY BRUCE AND PATTY
WERE ACTING LIKE PARENTS WHEN THEY MADE THEIR DECISION TO BACK
OUT OF A DEAL THAT THEY PUT A DEPOSIT FOR AND KNEW THAT IT WOULD
BE LOST IF THEY BACKED OUT OF THE DEAL. I HOPE THIS ASS*OLE LOSES
OR IT GETS THROWN OUT FOR BEING A WASTE OF TIME. COURTS SHOULD
BE THERE TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS.

2553 days ago
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the DQ    

Maybe pic #551 taken at the Pan-Am games in July is part of the reason they backed out of the deal. OUCH.........musta hurt like he**.

2553 days ago
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Jenny    

Having been around the circuit for over 18 years of my life I can say with certainty that the $25,000 deposit will not do the owner of Pavarotti any good. This horse's boarding/training fees alone can easily amount to $3,000 a month or much higher. This isn't just any old pretty horse we're talking people, but an expensive show-jumper that can take their daughter Jessica to the Olympics possibly. Having held on to this horse for so long waiting on the Springsteens greatly affected its value. Most likely this horse was pulled from showing as regularly and dropped in the ranks (and ranking/wins are very, very important). A horse like this can make $25,000 by a single win at a top show. Had the owner known earlier that Springsteen was not purchasing 1) this horse could have made its owner a lot more money ($100,000+ in the loss of revenue). By pulling out of the deal and stalling they severely affected the horse's value and ruined his prospects for qualifying for certain large shows. Bad, bad move!

Note: When people see a $650,000 bill for a horse they're naturally shocked, but consider that most racing horse yearlings (1 year old) cost that much or 6x as much, before they've even had a rider on, let alone been raced! It's a sad truth, but horses with great bloodlines will cost this much or more and they are the ones that consistently place in the ribbons and take their riders places (and win the cash/prizes).

2553 days ago
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CeCe    

Here's the website and photo of the horse for sale. http://www.mgsporthorses.net/pavarotti.html. He is also pictured at the next link, on the right side of the page. http://www.mgsporthorses.net/for_sale.html

2553 days ago
15.

sherrybabe    

Bruce rocks... love him and Patti ... back off the insults he is a true blue guy...

2553 days ago
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