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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Gilbert Arenas and his ex, Laura Govan, sued by moving company

Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan. (Jonathan Ernst/Avid Exposure Public Relations)
The nasty battle between NBA star Gilbert Arenas and his ex-girlfriend Laura Govan has entangled a third party: The company that moved their furniture to California.

In a lawsuit filed this month, JK Moving and Storage sued both Arenas and Govan for $26,172.62 in unpaid moving fees. According to the suit, the company says it got caught in the crossfire between the Wizards star and his ex.

In December, Arenas abruptly left the couple’s Great Falls home after he was traded to Orlando, leaving his girlfriend, their relationship, and their three young children behind.

The suit claims Govan, who is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, contacted the moving company in January and said the family was planning to build their dream house in California. After “conferring” with Arenas and his financial manager, Lester Knispel, according to the court filing, she put a deposit on Arenas’s American Express card, then the $24K charge when the moving truck reached the West Coast.

In early February, Arenas was served with child support papers from Govan during a game with the Miami Heat — just days after we published confidential legal notes about their on-again/off-again relationship. Two weeks later his manager, Paisley Benaza, wrote the moving company claiming fraud and theft; then American Express reversed the payment — leaving JK with the unpaid bill.

In a statement, Knispel told us that he or Arenas didn’t have any knowledge of the move until after it happened. “The claim that Gilbert or any of his representatives authorized the moving company to transport the contents of his home to California is false.”

Reps for JK Moving did not respond to a request for comment; Govan’s rep would only say that the baby is due in June but did not address questions about the lawsuit.

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