‘Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison’s Mother, 81, Files Lawsuit Against Him?

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Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars was hit with a lawsuit recently. But, what was truly shocking about this news, was who filed the lawsuit against him. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, his 81-year-old mother, Joanne Harrison, filed it against him.

Why did Rick’s own mother file a lawsuit against him? And, what did the Pawn Stars personality think of his mother’s actions? Keep reading for all the details.

Why did his mother file a lawsuit against him?

The lawsuit reveals that Joanne was married to Rick’s husband — affectionately known on the show as “The Old Man” — for 58 years prior to his death back in 2018. The suit also clarifies that Rick is just one of three sons of Joanne and Richard. It also goes on to reveal Richard and Joanne started the pawnshop together back in 1981.


Through years of hard work, Richard and Joanne were able to turn their buy and sell shop into a pawn shop, which in 2009 became the World-Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.”

The suit revealed Richard owned 49 percent of the shares and Joanne owned 51 percent.

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Rick Harrison is being accused of getting his mother to sign her 51 percent of the business over to him while she was in the hospital recovering from a coma.

The lawsuit reads: “Joanne did not know or fully understand what she was allegedly signing at the time.”

When Richard Harrison passed away, Joanne inherited his 49 percent of the shares. “Rick has failed to issue distributions to Joanne commensurate with her proper equity interest in the Pawn Shop.” The lawsuit goes on to reveal.

Prior to his death, Richard Harrison had accumulated roughly $100,000 in cash and $500,000 in silver. Rick Harrison’s mother, however, has been unable to obtain proper accounting for these valuables from her son. Furthermore, Rick Harrison reportedly shells out $25,000 a month to pay for his mother’s medical and living expenses. The lawsuit claims Rick has been footing this bill from 2018 through 2020.

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When the pandemic hit, Rick Harrison stopped the payments

Just before the pandemic hit — in the earlier portion of 2020 — Rick abruptly dropped his mother’s monthly payments down to $20,000 a month. This drop was reportedly made suddenly and without notice.

The lawsuit claims: “Then, in or around March 2020, Rick abruptly stopped the monthly distributions to Joanne all together.”

Furthermore, the lawsuit also seeks information on an “unexplained $3 million loan.”

The lawsuit accuses Rick Harrison of being in breach of contract and his mother is seeking transparency, damages, and injunctions from her son.

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Pawn Stars: How does Rick Harrison feel about it?

Anyone who watched Pawn Stars knows Rick Harrison was very close to his father. His mother, Joanne, was never really featured on the show. So, fans aren’t really sure what kind of relationship Rick has with his mother. That being said, most fans assume getting a lawsuit served to him from his own mother has to be a slap in the face for him.

Prior to running their story, Las Vegas Review-Journal did reach out to Rick Harrison to get his statement on his mother filing a lawsuit against him. He responded with his thoughts on the lawsuit. Turns out, Rick does not believe his mother is just maliciously going after him. In fact, he believes someone else is pulling the strings.

According to a spokesperson Laura Herlovich, who responded to the outlet on Rick’s behalf, Rick had no knowledge of the lawsuit prior to the outlet reaching out to him about running the story.

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Now that I’ve seen the Review-Journal story and what is alleged in the lawsuit, I can say that the allegations are false and I think that my 81-year old mother is being manipulated by others for their personal gain.”

Does it surprise you to learn Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars is being sued by his own mother? Share your thoughts with us in the comments down below. And, keep coming back for the latest TV news.


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