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David Chase Lashes Out Against Nashville DA

Posted at 9:01 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2020-08-28 21:13:02-04

NewsChannel 5 Investigates first reported that District Attorney Glenn Funk demanded that David Chase drop a civil lawsuit against Metro in order for Chase's criminal charges to be dismissed.

Chase described a tense meeting he and his attorneys had with prosecutors last June.

"If you dismiss your federal case in 15 minutes, we'll dismiss your criminal case in 30, but that's all the time you have to make up your mind," Chase remembered being told.

EDITOR'S NOTE: No witness in the Chase case ever testified that District Attorney Glenn Funk received an offer of a bribe, solicited or accepted a bribe. Click here for an update on the lawsuit between Funk and NewsChannel 5.

Months earlier investigators had determined the woman who brought domestic violence charges against Chase was not credible.

Chase sued Metro and the police department in federal court for the way it handled the case.

But Funk demanded that Chase drop his lawsuit.

"It wasn't an ask. It was 'we are not dismissing your criminal case unless you dismiss your federal case,'" Chase said.

Chase says Funk delayed dropping charges in his criminal case because he was concerned about Chase's civil lawsuit.Funk could have been forced testify if the lawsuit had moved forward.

"I think the term used by Attorney General Funk was, 'well if he doesn't do it then I may go to jail, but David Chase definitely will got to jail. So that was not just blackmail, it was a threat," Chase claimed.

District Attorney Glenn Funk told us in a statement Wednesday there is nothing wrong with conditioning the dismissal of criminal charges on the dismissal of a civil lawsuit.

He said the lawsuit would have cost taxpayers, and it could have prevented future domestic violence victims from coming forward.

But a videotaped deposition from a separate case in Williamson County last fall revealed another concern the family had with the case.

The family claims their PR person Bill Fletcher asked for $2 million to "make this go away."

Fletcher apparently made the demand to Chase's wealthy father, Dean Chase.

An attorney asked Sandy Chase, "Was your perception that Bill Fletcher wanted $2 million to bribe someone?"

Sandy Chase responded, "I think Dean inferred that was the purpose."

David Chase said in our interview, "Bill Fletcher is not cheap. I don't think any good PR crisis coordinator is, I mean you get what you pay for, but it definitely wasn't $2 million."

In our interview Chase had a different spin on the $2 million offer.

"I've talked to Bill about it, no that wasn't what it was supposed to be. It was make it go away meaning the negative press," Chase said.

But Chase did not back down from his belief Glenn Funk refused to dismiss a criminal case he knew was bad -- until he got what he wanted from Chase.

"In my opinion he blackmailed me, using my criminal case and incarceration as leverage to get me to drop a federal civil case that I had grounds to file," Chase said.

Bill Fletcher sent a statement late Thursday denying any wrongdoing:

"Allegations made in media reports about my business relationship with the Chase family with regard to criminal charges filed and then dropped against David Chase are completely false. I have never proposed any payments of any kind to anyone regarding the criminal case. I never had any contact at all with District Attorney Glenn Funk, anyone in the Office of the District Attorney, or anyone representing Mr. Funk or his office in my representation of Mr. David Chase, his family or the D.F. Chase Company. I will explore all my options to see to it that these false and scurrilous allegations are corrected on the public record."

General Funk released a statement Wednesday denying he had done anything wrong. You can read his complete statement here.

Late Thursday, DA Glenn Funk filed a $200 million lawsuit against NewsChannel 5 and chief investigative reporter Phil Williams.

The lawsuit alleges among other things defamation, civil conspiracy and violation of the consumer protection act. You can read the entire lawsuit here. NewsChannel 5 stands by our story.

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