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Lenders ask to sell ranch belonging to Johnson


Published: Sat, March 25, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Lenders ask to sell ranchbelonging to Johnson
ASPEN, Colo. -- A lending company has asked for court permission to sell Don Johnson's 17-acre Woody Creek ranch, claiming the "Miami Vice" actor hasn't made good on a $10.6 million note, the Aspen Daily News reported.
New York-based D.E. Shaw Laminar Lending Inc. filed the motion March 16 in Pitkin County District Court. The motion was made public Wednesday.
Johnson's publicist, Elliott Mintz, told the newspaper the filing has been "remedied" and will be withdrawn.
The motion says "defaults have occurred under the deed of trust, including ... the failure to timely make payments as required under the deed of trust."
The note was taken out in August 2004, about four months before a lawyer announced that creditors listed on Johnson's bankruptcy petitions had been paid.
Debtors included Los Angeles-based City National Bank, which sought to auction off the ranch to recoup $930,000 it claimed Johnson owed.
Other bills paid included Aspen Valley Hospital ($7,345), the Of Grape & amp; Grain liquor store ($377), Isberian Rug Co. ($1,228), Planted Earth ($764) and the Aspen law firm of Garfield & amp; Hecht ($2,787).
Johnson's grocery bill of $5,740 to Clark's Market, which sued him in 2004, was also paid.
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The 27-year-old rapper-producer-songwriter will take the stage July 20 at the outdoor festival, one of the biggest annual music events in Sweden, organizers announced Friday.
West has won six Grammy Awards for his two multiplatinum albums, 2004's "The College Dropout" and last year's "Late Registration."
Sting is also slated to appear at the July 18-22 festival as part of his Broken Music Tour.
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