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Patrick Dempsey Sues Business Partner Over Tully’s Deal

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(CBS Seattle)Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, whose investment group bought the Tully’s coffee chain earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit against his business partner in the deal, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.

Dempsey claims Michael Avenatti borrowed $2 million against the assets of the new company set up to run Tully’s, Global Baristas, without telling Dempsey, according to PSBJ.

The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court Tuesday. In an affidavit filed Friday, Dempsey said he was misled about where the funds were coming from. “My decision to become a member and manager of Global Baristas was based, in part, on Michael Avenatti’s representation that he would provide both the capital to fund the entire Tully’s acquisition and sufficient working capital to allow Global Baristas to operate the Tully’s Coffee stores once the acquisition was completed,” Dempsey said in an affidavit, according to PSBJ.

Avenatti told PSBJ over the phone that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and had already been resolved. A representative for Dempsey did not confirm any agreement and his lawyer did not comment.

Tully’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall. Dempsey’s group won an auction of Tully’s assets in January and the sale was completed in July.

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