The Untold Truth Of Gold Rush

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It’s not just the shows inspired by “Gold Rush” that have found themselves in legal trouble, however. A couple of stars, series veteran Tony Beets and employee Mark Favron, once found themselves knee-deep in legal hot water –- ironically, due to some literal hot water.

In one episode, Beets and Favron decided to give a pond connected to Indian Lake in Yukon, Canada, a “Viking Baptism” by pouring gasoline into it and setting it on fire. The pair laughed and joked during the blaze, clearly thinking nothing of the stunt. It was, as Beets put it in an interview with CBC, “a joke gone bad.” However, the Yukon News revealed that officials didn’t find the joke funny and fined Beets and his company $31,000 under the Yukon Waters Act, citing pollution and failure to report said pollution. 

Beets contested the charges, even sending his lawyer to argue before the Yukon Supreme Court. The court upheld their decision, saying in part that “the fact that the crime in this case was filmed and watched by millions highlighted the need to condemn and deter the behavior.” Funny enough, before he appealed it, Beets himself seemed okay with the decision, saying of himself, “so here you are in court, so take the fine.”

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