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Ricki Lake

Malibu House Fire Lawsuit

Slowed Down By 'Dancing'

10/23/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1021_ricki_lake_ex_tmzSafe to say the guy suing Ricki Lake for allegedly burning down his Malibu mansion is NOT a fan of  "Dancing With the Stars" ... because he claims the show has derailed his lawsuit!

According to docs filed last month, the owner, Hovsep Kousouyan, has been trying to get Lake to sit for a deposition for months ... but she claims she can't because of her commitment to  "DWTS."

Kousouyan's lawyers claim they've offered up at least eight different dates -- including nights and weekends -- but Lake's attorneys have repeatedly said she's unavailable until December.

Sources close to Lake tell TMZ she has no problem sitting down for the depo ... she's just been working seven days a week on "DWTS." We're told he lawyers are working on setting a date.

Kousouyan says he's out $20,000 a month on lost rent, so Lake could be on the hook for a HUGE chunk of change.

Lake was renting the house in September 2010, when she tried re-filling a portable heater with oil and accidentally spilled it on the hot coils, which then ignited the sofa on fire which in turn casued a mega-blaze.

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janet    

These celebs are jokes. They have a ton of money but never pay their bills. It was her fault, pay the man his money.

1064 days ago
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Superman    

She's just trying to blow him off! It's probably in her contract to be one of the finalists...DWTS is sooooooooo FIXED!

1064 days ago
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Ronni    

Her delay only affects any money she owes him. There's no reason why he can't have made the repairs himself and re-rented the place.

1064 days ago
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Missy    

Can you get rid of the STUPID effing spammers already!!! You also, have a problem with the like/dislike function working...for me, it i***** or miss and that S-U-C-K-S!

1063 days ago
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Fred Farkel    

Both my first AND second wife tried to burn the house down - and when caught being STUPID they both lied to cover up said stupidity.

1063 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

Her behavior in regards to burning down this guy's house makes me think less of her.

1063 days ago
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NC    

Casued? Really do you have spell check?

1063 days ago
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Heidi    

Mansion? Is he kidding? It looked like a shack on the water!

1063 days ago
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Dani    

She was paying $20,000 a month and she had to use a portable heater to heat the place? Ricki, you were getting ripped off big time!

1063 days ago
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TheHOLETruth    

First of all, why does he care if she stalls, she f*ed-up and is going to lose, plus he'll get the rent [maybe] from the court for every month stalled.

Secondly, why didn't the stupid chick have insurance!!!!

Duh....

1063 days ago
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chartman    

have your attorneys go to dwts and make her sit down for the deposition. these dam so call stars think they are above everyone else. take all you can get.

1063 days ago
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Ali    

Isn't this why people have INSURANCE! Both of them should have had insurance and this wouldn't be an issue. Please tell me they both aren't that dumb. Also, how can a property owner RENT out his place if it doesn't have fire insurance. Last time I checked that was the law. Stupid people, wasting everyone's time with stupidity.

1063 days ago
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Kaffee    

She burned this guy's house down--why not pay him for it--what a fat loser she is.

1063 days ago
14.

JiLL1    

She's responsible for causing the fire thAt burned the guy's house down and now she's blowing him off. TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY YOU NO-TALENT BITCH.

1063 days ago
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ginny    

Look, the place was a ******* tear down...
there is no reason this guy cannot have his insurance company take care of it asap.

What he is suing her for faulty wiring in that piece of **** house.

1063 days ago
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