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'Whale Wars' Star Sued

You Sank My Boat

... and Blamed the Japanese

1/8/2013 10:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The star of the reality show "Whale Wars" LIED about the fate of the show's most famous ship ... falsely telling the media it sank due to a crash with Japanese whalers, when in fact he secretly SABOTAGED the boat himself for publicity ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Paul Watson (above) --  founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- has been sued by Ady Gil ... who claims he owned the famous Ady Gil ship featured on "Whale Wars." Gil claims he let Watson's organization use his boat, so long as they took care of it. 

In his suit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Gil says his vessel was rammed by a Japanese whaling ship in 2010 ... and suffered damage to the nose ... but the damage was repairable.

According to Gil, Watson saw the collision as an opportunity to spin the incident into a major publicity and money maker for his organization ... so instead of towing the boat to port for repairs, he secretly gave an order to sink the ship "under the cover of darkness" ... and blamed the Japanese.

Gil claims Watson knew that blaming the whalers for the destruction of his ship would garner sympathy for his cause and spark outrage against the whalers ... inspiring more people to donate to his anti-whaling organization.

Gil is now demanding more than $5 MILLION in damages ... claiming Watson failed in his promise to do everything possible to keep the Ady Gil from sinking.

FYI -- Watson resigned from his position as the President of the Sea Shepherd society yesterday in the wake of other legal issues facing the organization.

So far, no comment from either Watson or the Society.


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While I support the efforts to help save the whales this Paul Watson guy is nuts. He strikes me as a creep too. He lies with ease. Someone to just stay away from.

655 days ago

I called Shotgun    

So much for doing it for the love of the's all about the $$$$

655 days ago


Isn't Ady Gil the name of the boat?? the owner of the boat is named Pete Bethune, wouldn't he be the one suing them?

655 days ago


Really? There's a show called Whale Wars? Who watches this stuff ?

655 days ago


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655 days ago


This show is a joke ... and Paul Watson also lied about "being shot" on that one show when he was walking around with a sling on as though he'd taken on directly in the arm. You know it's an obnoxious show when you're rooting for the Japanes whalers to sink them for real.

655 days ago


Of course he lied, he's a liar :D
He's racist against the Japanese and uses them for his own profit.
Just like he lied about being shot by them, the most fake transparent lie on reality TV.
First, the Japanese don't randomly shoot people from the whale boat.
Second, Japanese are intelligent, even if they wanted to shoot him (who doesn't?), they wouldn't be nearly stupid enough to shoot him as a reality-tv "star" on camera.
Big frickin' DUH on that one.
Third, that bullet would have knocked him on his lying ass, never happened.
He should be sued and lose every penny he's made with his extremist crapola.

655 days ago


Paul Watson lies about everything. He is just a media whore and he puts peoples lives in jeopardy to create incidents he can sensationalize to the media.

655 days ago


fact the japs are in international water when they get the whales they are breaking no ever the whale war extremists are by trying to harm others.i long for the day when one of the japs shoot one of these nut jobs.will be justice served

655 days ago


Watch the video -- look at the white water behind the Ady Gil -- the captian GUNS it to be hit by the Japanese ship! Crazy.

655 days ago


This guy is crazy.

655 days ago


Who cares? It did bring publicity to the real issue - STOP THE JAPANESE FROM WHALING IN A WHALE SANCTUARY. I support his methods, as it is bringing awareness to the issue. I didn't know that whaling was still going on until I heard about him getting shot and the Ady Gil sinking - now I am committed to helping however I can to save these amazing creatures. I could care less how he gets the word out there- it's effective. I wish him all the best throughout these pending trials. Bottom line - he loves animals. Bless his heart.

655 days ago


As a conservationist myself, people like him really annoy and frustrate me. They get the most press, but do so by being so extreme that it actually turns a lot of people off to these causes and makes them think we are all a bunch of nuts on the fringe.

655 days ago


These people have been whaling for many many yrs. It is a way of life for them I am an animal lover as much as the next guy. I usually prefer them baked, broiled, fryed or grilled.

655 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

The Whale Wars episode of South Park is my favorite.

655 days ago
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