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John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder ,arrives at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder ,arrives at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

Former Papa John’s chairman John Schnatter has accused the company’s CEO of lying to oust Schnatter and save his own job, according to a Delaware Court of Chancery lawsuit that was unsealed on Thursday.

In a redacted complaint, Schnatter said Papa John’s chief executive Steve Ritchie launched a “false and defamatory” campaign accusing Schnatter of racism, causing the company to suffer “irreparable harm” amid a battle for control with its outspoken founder.

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