In the wake of Star‘s exclusive audio that helped gain Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter“ Chapman temporary custody of his grandson “Little” Travis, the TV star opens up to Thursday’s edition of Entertainment Tonight about the child abuse accusations he’s lobbed against the boy’s father, “Big” Travis Mimms.
Travis, 9, is the son of the TV star’s late daughter Barbara-Katie, who died in a car accident five years ago. Chapman, on Thursday, recalls the moments he heard the disturbing audio — and how he was engulfed by anger soon thereafter.
“I was in L.A. at Gene Simmons‘ wedding and I got the tape emailed to me,” Chapman tells ET’s Chris Jacobs. “It was overwhelming to me and I got mad — I instantly thought, ‘I can’t wait to get my hands around [Mimms’] throat,’ but then I am trained enough to know not to do that.”
Chapman said the alleged abuse inflicted on the child actually worsened when school officials expressed concern to the boy’s father about his well-being.
“The school had told [Mimms], ‘Your son is telling his friends he’s getting beat!’” he said. “So because the teacher went to the parent — the abuser — and said, ‘Hey there’s rumors you’re beating your kid’ … he went home and did exactly that.”
Chapman admitted he kind of felt like he was on the job when pursing Mimms.
“I felt like [there] was a bounty on [Mimms,]” he said. “But I thought, this is your grandson, there’s no bounty. When I caught [Mimms,] I got the same feeling only this was my love, my grandson. I felt like, ‘Wow, I got him.’”
Mills told ET he spanked his son three times.
“I’ve said it from day one,” he said. “One’s for me, one’s for God, one’s for him.”
Dog The Bounty Hunter returns to A&E on Wednesday, December 14 at 9/8c; for more of Jacobs’ interview with Chapman, tune in to Entertainment Tonight on Thursday.