ONOLULU (AP) — Television bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman’s private phone conversation, in which he used the N-word repeatedly, was taped and sold to The National Enquirer by his son, Chapman’s lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney Brook Hart told The Associated Press that Chapman’s son, Tucker (pictured here in an undated police mugshot from a drug related charge), sent the recording to the tabloid for “a lot of money.”

“I guess because of whatever level of anger he had of his father, he felt the need to express it in that manner,” Hart said.

Tucker Chapman could not immediately be reached for comment. No one answered the telephone at a Honolulu number listed under his name.

Chapman, star of A&E;’s hit reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” apologized Wednesday, shortly after the Enquirer posted on its Web site a 5-minute clip of the conversation in which he uses the N-word in reference to Tucker’s girlfriend.

Chapman used the slur six times in the first 45 seconds of the clip, which has damaged his reputation and jeopardized his career as a TV bounty hunter.