When you have 13 children, things are sure to get out of hand. While Duane Chapman has had his fair share of heartbreaks, perhaps betrayals are the ones that hurt the most. Sometime around 2007, Tucker Dee sold an audio clip of his father where he had used racial slurs to insult Tucker’s then-girlfriend. While Duane later revealed that he said what he said by keeping his son’s safety and well-being in mind, Tucker wanted to hear none of it. After all, when your father has been away from your life for the entirety of your childhood, you are less likely to believe in him.
Tucker Dee Chapman was born on September 8, 1983 to Duane Chapman and his third wife, Lyssa Rae Brittain. The couple’s second child, Tucker didn’t have the best of childhood. His father was absent for most of Tucker’s early life and it was only during his late teens that the pair coincided. Raised by a single mother, Tucker had an elder sister named Barbara Katie “B.K.” Chapman, who unfortunately passed away in 2006 near Fairbanks, Alaska. His younger sister Lyssa “Baby Lyssa” Chapman, shared Tucker’s harrowing upbringing, which later directed her towards drugs and early pregnancy.
As growing without a father and an irresponsible mother does to you, Tucker was quick to choose the path of violence and drugs. Things went from bad to worse for Tucker as he was arrested at the age of 18, for armed robbery. The court sentenced Tucker to 20 years of prison, but he was released in parole after serving four-years time. After coming with the realization that his son might be following the same route he did, Duane decided to intervene in his son’s life. However, Tucker paid no heed to his father and later used his father for profit.
The Audio clip:
In 2007, Tucker released an audio clip that featured the conversation between Tucker and Duane. The pair were talking about Tucker’s girlfriend who came from African American origins. In the course of the conversation, Duane used the N-word to denote to Tucker’s girlfriend. Tucker recorded the entire conversation and sold the clip at USD 15,000 in March of 2007 to The National Enquirer. When the clip was released, A&E suspended Duane’s show for an infinite period but later resumed production.
In an interview with Larry King in 2007, Duane revealed that he was trying to build bridges with his son and he wanted to make amends. Duane apologized for using a racial slur and said that he didn’t care if she was black or white.
“I tried to take control of his life (after this),” said Chapman, himself an ex-con. “I heard this girl was maybe not being the best for Tucker — and I’ll leave it like that — so I tried to interfere. I don’t care if she is black at all. He’s on parole for a 20-year sentence and if he messes up he goes back.”
However, reconciliation proved a difficult feat for the pair around the time and the pair spent several years apart. While Tucker has an okay relationship with his father these days, the pair are not particularly close.