Ill Niño’s Cristian Machado Arrested For Domestic Battery

Ill Niño’s Cristian Machado was arrested in Temecula, CA on August 9 for domestic battery. According to arrest records, the singer was then released the next day on $5,000 bail. He is expected to appear in court on October 7. This news comes after Ill Niño’s Dave Chavarri previously accused Machado of domestic violence, drug abuse, etc. as part of the band’s ongoing legal battle.

[via MetalSucks]

Ill Niño’s Cristian Machado Denies Domestic Violence & Drug Abuse Allegations

As previously reported, Dave Chavarri recently accused Cristian Machado of being a “drug addict and physical abuser” in legal documents from Ill Niño’s ongoing trademark battle. The singer has since responded via social media. He said the following:

“Perhaps the defendants in the #illnino case should’ve done their research, I was awarded legal and physical joint custody of my daughter by a court judge in the most protective state against women, California. Here’s another truth bomb, they don’t award custody to abusive drug addicts, thank god for that huh? Instead of turning over the bank records 2 weeks ago, you chose to slander me and my family. Clearly your actions are full of desperation 🤗”

Allegations Of Domestic Violence & Drug Abuse Surface In Ill Niño’s Legal Battle

According to The PRP, allegations of domestic violence and drug abuse against Cristian Machado have surfaced in Ill Niño’s legal battle. The latest accusations came to light after Dave Chavarri responded to the allegations Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco leveled against him.

To catch everyone up, the band is currently split into two, who are both fighting to take control of the name. One group includes Chavarri, Lazaro Pina, and Daniel Couto, along with new members Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas), while the other group includes Machado, Luster, and Verduzco. In the 53-page complaint that Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed against Chavarri and Pina, they claimed that Chavarri failed to pay for band related services, kept money from bands that bought onto their tours, pocketed guarantees and tour advances, falsified documents for financial gain, etc.

Now, Chavarri’s team have responded by denying all the accusations, while also accusing Machado of being a “drug addict and physical abuser,” who assaulted his former fiancée and mother of his child. Those claims were backed up with a restraining order that the woman filed against Machado last December. Furthermore, Machado and Luster were both accused of missing child support payments, which caused Luster’s passport to be revoked and Machado to “effectively hold the band hostage prior to shows, requesting advances for his child support payments before playing.” On top that, Machado also allegedly obtained and used prescription drugs and weed illegally, interfered with finalized agreements with promoters, etc. Chavarri also claims that the band failed to pay him tens of thousands of dollars in management commissions and that the Ill Niño trademark rights were never properly assigned to the band’s LLC.

Chavarri is seeking to have Machado, Luster, and Verduzco’s claim for the trademark dismissed. He also wants to be declared as the sole owner of the band’s trademark and he wants the trio to pay for damages from their “unjust enrichment” through the trademarks and the cost of his legal fees. He is currently requesting a jury trial in Texas.

You can read more about all of this over at The PRP.

More Details Surface Regarding Ill Niño Lawsuit

As previously reported, Ill Niño have split into two groups, who are both fighting to take control of the band. One group includes Dave Chavarri, Lazaro Pina, and Daniel Couto, along with new members Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas), while the other group includes Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco. MetalSucks have since obtained the 53-page complaint that Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed against Chavarri and Pina and it offers more insight into the situation. The three are claiming that Chavarri failed to pay for band related services, kept money from bands that bought onto their tours, pocketed guarantees and tour advances, falsified documents for financial gain, slandered Machado by saying he’s a drug addict, and much more. They are currently seeking to remove Chavarri from the band and to receive damages in an amount determined by the court.

Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, & Diego Verduzco Say They Never Left Ill Niño

Yesterday (January 17), Ill Niño announced that they were planning on moving forward with a new lineup consisting of Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). However, Cristian Machado has now issued a statement saying him, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco never left the band and that they are planning to continue with their own version.

Machado told Blabbermouth the following:

“To all our family, friends, and fans, contrary to what you may have heard, Ahrue, Diego and I have NOT left Ill Niño and remain very dedicated to the band and all our fans.

We’re excited to be working on new music, partnerships, and opportunities. We will have more info for you all soon.”

Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed a trademark application for the Ill Niño name on November 6, 2018. Pina then filed a request for express abandonment “without the authorization, knowledge and consent of the LLC” one week later. Machado, Luster and Verduzco claim this move was made in an effort to give Chavarri sole control of Ill Niño from the LLC. Shortly after, Chavarri filed a separate application alleging that he is the owner of Ill Niño. Machado, Luster and Verduzco have since petitioned the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get Pina’s express abandonment request dropped. They are also seeking to have the LLC’s original application reinstated.

Ill Niño Announce New Lineup, Premiere New Song “Sangre” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco are now claiming they never left Ill Niño.

Original Story:

Ill Niño have parted ways with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco. Taking their places will be vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “Sangre.”

Drummer Dave Chavarri commented:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Leal added:

“Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”

Dope & (hed)p.e. Announce 2017 U.S. Tour, Ill Niño To Play Select Dates

Dope and (hed)p.e. have announced a fall tour together. Ill Niño will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/06 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
10/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
10/08 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
10/09 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
10/10 Waterloo, IA – The Reverb / Spicoli’s
10/11 Madison, WI – The Annex
10/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/13 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/15 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
10/17 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hall
10/18 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
10/19 Lawrence, MA – Claddagh (feat. Ill Niño)
10/20 Laconia, NH – Whiskey Barrel (feat. Ill Niño)
10/21 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño)
10/22 Sayreville, NJ – The Starland Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño & 40 Below Summer)
10/23 Reading, PA – The Reverb (feat. Ill Niño)
10/24 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
10/25 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
10/26 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
10/27 West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater
10/28 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/30 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/31 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
11/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
11/02 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/03 Lawton, OK – Great Plains Coliseum
11/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
11/05 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
11/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/07 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline
11/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
11/09 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick