Wynonna Judd sues ex-stepfather over mortgage

Wynonna Judd sues ex-stepfather over mortgage

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Wynona Judd poses at the ASCAP Music Cafe during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/WireImage)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 11:22 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Country singer Wynonna Judd has sued her former stepfather over an unpaid mortgage dating to 1994, but his lawyer says the money was a gift, not a loan.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/N4E1Dv ) that Judd filed suit this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Louisville against Michael Ciminella. He's the ex-husband of Judd's mother, Naomi Judd, and father of actress Ashley Judd.

Wynonna Judd's lawsuit contends that Ciminella defaulted on a mortgage in the Old Louisville neighborhood where he lives. Records show that Judd's representatives wrote to Ciminella in September demanding principal and interest of $242,051.

Ciminella's lawyer, Jeffrey Thompson, said the money was not a loan but a gift and that Judd had never asked that it be repaid until now. He declined to discuss further details.

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