Ex-Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext has filed a lawsuit against Better Noise CEO and band manager Allen Kovac. According to TMZ, Vext claims that Kovac tried to get him removed from the group due to his right-wing and conspiracy theory beliefs.
The suit says that Kovack took issue with Vext’s social media posts regarding the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles and Portland, as well as comments he made about the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Vext also claims that Kovac tried to keep him from making political statements.
The frontman goes on to say that Kovac wanted to purchase the Bad Wolves trademarks from him, but he refused. Furthermore, Vext alleges that Kovac tried to get radio and streaming services to stop playing the group’s songs in an effort to cancel his music career. He also claimed that the band barred him from their social media accounts after deeming him “not black enough” due to his controversial political views. On top of that, Vext also accused Kovac of using racial slurs, saying the manager was “an executive showing he clearly felt so powerful as to think he could use the word with impunity.”
Vext is currently suing Kovac for breach of fiduciary duty and he is seeking tens of millions damages. He told TMZ the following about that:
“For several years I’ve poured all of my energy and passion into building Bad Wolves. We’ve toured the world several times and charted 6 billboard number 1 singles. All the while I’ve had to endure disparaging, manipulative and at times racially charged misconduct from my former manager Allen Kovac and his record company Better Noise Music.
Allen has forced me out of my own band and is now attempting to slander and cancel me. After several failed attempts to settle amicably, I’m now forced to place this in the hands of the courts.”
The vocalist also added the following on social media:
“AS ARTISTS WE CAN NO LONGER REMAIN SILENT ABOUT THE CENSORSHIP AND THREAT CULTURE GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. AMERICANS HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE AND VIOCE THIER OPINIONS. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED BY THE OLIGARCHY FOR DISAGREEING WITH THEIR DICTATOR SCRIPT.
Thank you to Malcolm McNeil & my legal team at Arent Fox for taking on my case.
Thank you for the fans and other voices who continue to fight for the 1st amendment.
Thank you to my investors who read the evidence and demand that I see justice.
WE NEED TO MAKE THIS STORY GO VIRAL SO THE ABUSE OF POWER ENDS. I IMPLORE YOU TO REPOST RESHARE AND TAGG AS MANY AS YOU CAN SO THE TRUTH IS NO LONGER SILENCED
#BadWolves #Betternoise #AllenKovac #10thstreetentertainment #TMZ #Trump
Kovack has since responded as well:
“I am disappointed to see these accusations from Tommy against me, 10th Street Management and Better Noise Music. They are categorically false. In 40 years in the music business, I have never made any derogatory racist comments, been accused of doing so, or been sued by an artist. Tommy Vext, a self-proclaimed QAnon supporter, has dragged us into a ridiculous, unfounded narrative that falsely paints him as a victim.
Tommy quit Bad Wolves in January 2021 after being abusive to his band members, and he has since waged an all-out assault against the band and its members on social media. Behind the scenes, he and his team of lawyers have been trying to extort the band and the record company for a big payout.
Because these tactics not successful, he upped the ante and filed this bogus and spurious lawsuit to get leverage in contract negotiations. But this strategic ploy won’t work. We will not be extorted and will defend and defeat these phony claims in court. As a management company and record label, we pride ourselves on working with artists from all different walks of life and encourage them to speak their minds creatively and authentically. I have never forced political beliefs or values on any of our artists or employees, but I also will not tolerate when people create a hostile environment.”
Bad Wolves’ Doc Coyle and John Boecklin also commented:
“In all our dealings with Allen Kovac, he has never used any derogatory racial slurs. Tommy is making all of this up. Period.”