Ex-Attorney Sues Pamela Bach
Friday, August 24, 2007; 11:16 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Divorce may cost more than David Hasselhoff's ex-wife bargained for.
Pamela Bach was sued Thursday by her former lawyer, who alleges the actress owes him nearly $40,000 in unpaid fees.
Attorney Gary Mitchell claimed he represented Bach in her divorce from Hasselhoff for about six months, but she never paid him for his services.
The lawsuit was filed a day after a Superior Court judge ruled that Hasselhoff, the former star of TV's "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" and most recently a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent," does not have to pay nearly $200,000 in legal fees to another attorney who represented Bach during their child custody battle.
Attorney Debra A. Opri argued during a hearing last week that Bach had given her permission to seek payment from Hasselhoff. Opri said she knew when she was hired by Bach that the actress had little money and that the only way to get paid was to go after Hasselhoff's share of the couple's community property.
Judge Mark A. Juhas ruled that Bach never consented to having Opri file a claim against Hasselhoff.
Bach replaced Opri with Mark Vincent Kaplan several days after losing custody of the couple's two teenage daughters.
Hasselhoff, 55, and Bach, 43, were married in December 1989. He filed for divorce in January 2006 and their divorce became final last August.