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Barney the Dinosaur

Creator Sued

Over Malibu Shooting

4/17/2013 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0417-barney-the-dinosaur-gettyWell this isn't so super dee duper ... the creator of "Barney & Friends" has just been sued by a gunshot victim, who claims the creator's son almost shot him dead.

You'll recall, Patrick Leach -- the 27-year-old son of "Barney" creator Sheryl Leach -- was arrested back in January for allegedly shooting Eric Shanks in Malibu.

Shanks has just sued, claiming Patrick aimed and fired at him while in a car that was parked at the home of Shanks' mom.

Shanks -- who was struck in the chest -- is suing Patrick for assault and battery. He's also suing Sheryl for negligence, claiming she should never have let Patrick own a gun given his violent tendencies (Patrick lives with Sheryl).

Calls to Sheryl and Patrick haven't been returned.

As for Patrick's criminal case, he just pled not guilty to attempted murder.


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Are u kidding me? What a douchebag!!!

555 days ago


He must have been shot in the brain if he thinks a parent is responsible for the actions of their 27 year old grown azz man.

555 days ago


It is possible that he is suing the 27 yr old's mother under the "Premises Liability" theory assuming she is the legal owner of the property that he was on when he was shot and injured. Happens all the time.

555 days ago


WTF. How do you even justify suing someone for the actions of another. The man was 27 years old.. a legal adult. His mother couldn't tell him what to do and she wasn't responsible for him having a gun either. This is BS. Then again, this is the society that we live in these days.

555 days ago

Mick Motor    

"I love you, you love me"

555 days ago


An adult living with their parent, doesn't make the parent in anyway responsible for the actions of their adult son or daughter. The suit against Sheryl is frivolous; and should be counter-sued on those grounds.

555 days ago


I wasn't aware parents were responsible for the acts of their ADULT children. Just another a*shole out to get money they didn't EARN.

555 days ago


if the creator of barney was broke or not even famous with money i bet u they wouldnt b suing...sue the son but not the mom

555 days ago


How old is the son? Sheryl isn't responsible for his shooting or getting a gun. She may be responsible for poor parenting skills when he was a little boy leading to the monster we know of today. That dose not make her liable for his actions at the ripe old age of 27. Bet the boy has no money so the blood suckers are after his moms money...

555 days ago


Barney the Dinosaur
Creator Sued
Over Malibu Shooting.....................NOT BARNEY !

555 days ago


The mother should not have had weapons assessable by srew-loose kid (no matter the age). Just like the one in CT. The kid did his mother a favor by shooting her 1st.......she'd a been scarewed.

555 days ago


I shoot you
You sue me......

I am not following the logic why you would sue a parent over the actions of their adult kid.

Ok. So he lives with mom and is 27. *cough* Loser *cough*

I fail to see how this makes his mom responsible for his actions.

555 days ago

Colin Washington    

I guess sonny boy Patrick hasn't got enough money.

554 days ago


What does the parent of a 27 year old have to do with this?!?

554 days ago
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