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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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Sometimes you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. Her eis an image of a whale trying to ram a boat

596 days ago

Day Man    

So he being sued for failing to get the boat to port? I seen the episode and I blame Japanese whalers they hit the Ady Gil. If any thing the Paul Watson did everything in his power to help the men who got hit on that boat by the Japanese. Just watch the episode you would know.

ummm33, I agree with you!

595 days ago


Who do the JAPS think they are? They are stealing from Mother Nature, as they are taking what is not theirs to take. The JAPS should take notice as Mother Nature hit them with a tsunami, next time she might take them out completely.

595 days ago



595 days ago


They new very well the danger and risk involved in having that ship as part of the fleet so why start crying now.Pall has done everything he could to get the ship back to port. Yes it was very sad to have lost the ship but all that's going on here is someone wanting money for the lost.....MONEY!!!! that's the key. Paul please came back and don't let these idiots win.

571 days ago


Yes he in the end said sink the boat, but I think what he might be trying to say is that during the night they some how made the boat take on more water then it would have causing it to start to sink leaving him no other choice then to say sink it. I think he means he was in aware that they did that during the night so the next day he seen how it was. It's a he said she said there are only a few who may know te truth. The boat was his life,broke records and so on. I love that these people are out there trying to stop whaling. I agree paul is out there and some of the **** is him attempting to get publicity (the bullet thing being one) but the point is how many of you would give up a paying job leave your family and possibly give up your life for a whale. I agree for what they are doing, I disagree on some of the stuff paul does but all and all there are always going to be two sides to one story and we can't make a statement that can be taken seriously because none of us where there

260 days ago


Paul Watson and his crew of minions are idiots! He has put his crew in harms way several times and should be arrested for multiple counts of assault.

260 days ago


Viva Paul Watson. My hero.

258 days ago
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