Jumpin' Jupiter Owner to Sue Lola Van Ella for Libel
Van Ella Studios produced Jumpin' Jupiter's shows for a year. Then quit, and accused owner Jim Callahan of not paying and passing back checks. Callahan said she's not telling the whole story.
Jim Callahan, owner of Jumpin’ Jupiter in Maplewood, is planning to take Lola Van Ella, owner of Van Ella Studios, to court for libel.
Van Ella Studios had produced shows and supplied performers for Jumpin’ Jupiter since its opening a year ago.
On June 15 Van Ella Studios announced in a lengthy statement on its Facebook page that Callahan had not paid the company for recent shows, and accused Jumpin’ Jupiter management of inappropriate behavior and theft.
The posting also announced Van Ella will do no more shows for Jumpin’ Jupiter.
“I’m about to start a massive slander suit against her, and I can’t really say a whole lot right now,” Callahan said.
He said Van Ella’s accusations are the cause of his current problems.
“I didn’t think we were going to make it the first day,” he said, “but everything is happening now because she put that weird negative spotlight on us.”
“About Lola, are some of the things she’s saying true? Yes,” Callahan said.
“Are some things left out? Purposely, manipulated, twisted? Absolutely, and I will prove that in court, harshly – very harshly,” he said.
More on Patch on The Jumpin' Jupiter:
- Unpaid Taxes to Close Jumpin' Jupiter Doors on Friday, Would Lose Business License, June 22
- Jumpin' Jupiter Owner Jim Callahan Said He'll Be Leaner and Meaner in the Future, June 20
- Jumpin' Jupiter's Sidewalk Advertising Offends, Owner Jim Callahan Responds, June 19
- Jumpin' Jupiter Accused of Passing Bad Checks: Old Performers Gone, New Crew at Saturday's Show, June 17
- Jumpin' Jupiter Gets Eviction Notice, Agreement Reached: Will Stay, June 4