[UPDATED:] Twilight Star Taylor Lautner Challenged to Pushup Contest to Resolve Lawsuit
UPDATE: Taylor Lautner responds to the pushup challenge (see end of post) . . .
We just told you about Taylor Lautner suing an Irvine motorhome company over the late delivery of a $300,000 trailer the Twilight star wanted on the set of his latest movie.
Brent McMahon, the 47-year-old owner of McMahon's RV, held a press conference Monday where he offered to settle the legal dispute with the chiseled 18-year-old heartthrob not in the courtroom but the old-fashioned way:
A winner-take-all pushup contest.
Taylor Lautner knew those abs would come in handy some day.
Lautner paid $300,000 on the spot for a 40-foot, 2006 Affinity Country Coach RV that was to painted black with a design. Country Coach's typically include a leather interior, a flat-screen television, a kitchen, a shower, sofa seating and bed space.
The crux of the actor's claim concerns the delivery--or lack therof. Lautner says it was supposed to be delivered by June 21, and he is alleging breach of contract and fraud, and that he's suffering "emotional distress" and "annoyance."
McMahon denies there was a deadline or any wrongdoing on his part. He said at his press conference he learned about the lawsuit, which he has yet to receive, online and claims that when he contacted Lautner's attorneys and asked to meet the teen actor and his father, they declined and instead asked for $40,000.
The RV company owner said if he lost a push-up contest to Lautner, he would pony up the $40,000, and if the abslicious actor were to lose, the 40 grand would be donated to Children's Hospital of Orange County.
So, in either scenario, a kid would win. Actually, McMahon would also, as Lautner would first have to drop his lawsuit, under the pushup proposal.
"We're ready to rock and go wherever he wants," McMahon reportedly said.
The ab roller is now in Jacob's court.
UPDATE: "While we will not dignify Mr. McMahon's facetious suggestion of a contest to settle a legal claim with a response, we do welcome the opportunity for him to resolve this matter by making a $40,000 donation to the charity of Mr. Lautner's choice, and we will be in touch with his counsel to see if he will make good on this offer," Lautner attorney Robert M. Barta writes in an e-mail to the Orange County Register. McMahon's response to Lautner's claim "demonstrates the lack of professionalism that Mr. McMahon, his company and his employees have exhibited from the outset, and that compelled the filing of this lawsuit in the first place. This suit is not about a 'customized' RV, it is about McMahon's RV's refusal to deliver the vehicle in the safe, drivable condition that was promised, as every purchaser has the right to expect."