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'American Choppers' Stars

They Stole My Wheelchair Bike!

Claims Disabled Man

9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

American Choppers Wheelchair MotorcycleThe guys from "American Choppers" got major props for creating a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle -- only problem is they allegedly stole the concept from a disabled biker, and cut the poor guy out of the deal. 

Christ Tavantzis -- who suffers from polio -- claims he patented the modified 3-wheeler and pitched it to 'AC' stars Mike and Paul Teutul Jr. at a bike show in 2008.

Now Tavantzis is suing the Tuetul bros because he says they went ahead and built their own version of his trike -- without him -- and then unveiled it at a charity event for the Chris and Dana Reeves Foundation ... where they were lauded for the creation.

In his suit, Tavantzis says it's bad enough polio has taken away his physical abilities -- but now he has to fight to protect his thoughts and ideas too. He's suing for fraud, conspiracy, and discrimination against people with disabilities.

We've reached out to reps for the show ... so far, no response.

'Chopper' Star -- I Still Love My Wedding-Skipping Dad

8/24/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Jr. claims he still loves his father -- fellow "Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr. -- despite the fact that Big Paul blew off his son's wedding last weekend.

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Junior tells TMZ, "It's always sad when a father doesn't come to his own son's wedding, but I still love him, and the truth of the matter is it was an absolutely perfect day and I wouldn't have changed anything."

As we previously reported, the two Pauls haven't been on good terms in a while ... after they clashed over their motorcycle business.

We reached out to Paul Sr. -- but the big mustache refused to comment.

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'American Chopper' Star Weds, Dad a No-Show

8/23/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul Teutul, Jr. tied the knot this weekend in front of 135 people in New Jersey -- but none of them were his father, "American Chopper" co-star Paul Teutul Sr.

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Junior and his bride Rachael married at Bonnet Island Estate in Bonnet Island, NJ. Crazy wedding details included: $28,000 in flower arrangements, a six-tier pink velvet cake with lemon buttercream that featured handmade sugar flowers to match the floral design, and a post-ceremony butterfly release under an arched trellis garden while the strings played "Here Comes the Sun."

Junior and Senior have been in an ongoing legal battle for months now and, according to sources, Senior was invited ... but didn't attend.

Death at 'American Chopper' Son's Bike Shop

6/15/2010 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man died this morning after falling through the roof at a New York motorcycle shop owned by "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Jr. ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

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We're told the man -- a construction worker not employed by Paul Jr. Designs -- was working on the roof when the accident occurred.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed that cops are still on scene. We're told someone at the shop called 911 around 8:30 AM to report that someone "fell through the roof."

We're told none of the regular shop employees were inside the building at the time.

Story developing...

'American Chopper' Son -- Out to Destroy Dad

4/15/2010 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The oldest son from "American Chopper" has escalated the war against his father by opening up a rival motorcycle business -- and he's making the whole thing incredibly personal.

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TMZ has learned Paul Teutul Jr. is starting a competing shop to go head-to-head with his dad's Orange County Choppers shop.

But here's the catch -- Junior has recruited a bunch of disgruntled employees who left his dad's place ... including his brother Mikey Teutul and friends Vinnie DiMartino, Robert "Nub" Collard and Joe Puliafico.

We're told Senior has no idea about the mutiny ... that is, until now.

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