Chris Fehn Requests To Have His Slipknot Lawsuit Move Forward

As previously reported, Chris Fehn was kicked out of Slipknot after suing Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan for allegedly operating and making money on Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back. The band’s business manager Robert Shore, who was also named in the suit, then filed an affidavit and memorandum to have the case dismissed. Now, The Blast are reporting that Fehn has since fired back by asking a judge to deny Shore’s motion to dismiss and to allow the case to move forward.

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Slipknot’s Business Manager Says Chris Fehn Was A Hired Gun

As previously reported, Chris Fehn was kicked out of Slipknot after suing Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan for allegedly operating and making money on Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back. Now, in a new affidavit and memorandum written in an effort to get Fehn’s lawsuit dismissed, the band’s business manager Robert Shore, who was also named in the suit, has disputed the percussionist’s claims, basically saying he was just a hired gun.

Shore said the following in the document [via Blabbermouth]:

“Fehn performed with SLIPKNOT and received a fee for doing so. He is not a shareholder, owner or member of any business entity he names as a defendant in this action.”

He went on to say Crahan and Taylor are the “founding members” and that the “remaining defendants are entities through which the band’s business is or was conducted.”

Shore also added the following about the quality of his own work:

“I have been involved in the music management business for decades and have operated RSA [Rob Shore & Associates, Inc.] since 2008. RSA clientele receive optimal business management services whenever and wherever needed, and I am confident in stating that each of RSA’s clients, including the SLIPKNOT entities, has received precisely such service.”

“Neither RSA nor I have ever been sued by a client, for any reason, including those similar to the outrageous allegations contained in this case.”

The following was also said in the memorandum:

“[Fehn’s lawsuit] alleges that [SLIPKNOT] was organized as a ‘partnership at will’ under the law of the State of Iowa, and, while Fehn was not a founder, that he and Crahan and Taylor are its current members. The complaint does not assert a claim on behalf of the partnership. Although vague on the point, the complaint appears to base the existence of a fiduciary duty [and, therefore, Fehn’s right to an accounting] on the existence of the alleged de facto partnership. Thus, as a necessary predicate to the relief he seeks against RSA and Shore, Fehn must properly plead the existence of a form of partnership in which he has an interest. He fails to do so.”

The memorandum added:

“A partnership does not exist merely because a pleading characterizes a business association as such, but, rather, turns on various factors including: (1) the sharing of profits and losses of an enterprise; (2) joint control and management of the business; (3) capital contribution by each party of property, financial resources, effort, skill or knowledge. Mere receipt of a share of profits is not dispositive. All elements of a partnership relationship must be present for such a relationship to exist.

“Even a cursory review of the Fehn’s complaint reveals the complete absence of necessary allegations. Among other defects, the complaint alleges no facts concerning the circumstances under which the de facto partnership was created, the nature of each alleged partner’s interest, Fehn’s contribution, the purpose of the partnership or whether Fehn, by entering into this alleged business arrangement, undertook to share losses. The complaint must, therefore, be dismissed.”

You can find a video report from Rock Feed regarding all this below:

Chris Fehn’s Attorney Says Slipknot Were Treating Him Like A “Second-Class Citizen”

As previously reported, Chris Fehn was kicked out of Slipknot after suing Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan for allegedly operating and making money on Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back. One of Fehn’s attorneys, Joseph Dunne has since discussed the situation on Rock Feed, saying the band were treating the percussionist like a “second-class citizen.”

Rothman said the following:

“First of all, the lawsuit came about because in order for Chris to continue to participate in the band and attend recording sessions for the album that the band is working on, he was presented with a very onerous take-it-or-leave-it, you’re-not-an-equal-member-of-the-band-type proposal. And I’m not gonna go into the details of it, but let me put it this way.

If you had spent 20 years of your life devoted to an enterprise like Slipknot, where you had given your heart, your soul, your sweat, your blood, your tears to making the band the best it could be the way that so many of its fans love, and then you were told you were a second-class citizen here, I doubt that anyone who’s listening to this would feel any differently from the way Chris felt, which was that he wasn’t being given the respect that he deserved.

And in speaking to his [other] attorneys… what we saw was that Chris, from the beginning of Slipknot, was treated like an equal, and it wasn’t until later, after the band had experienced success, that they began to treat Chris like less than that equal. And we looked at that, and we said, ‘Well, that doesn’t seem fair,’ based on the facts as we understood them that he began as an equal partner in the band in the beginning, and he should continue to be treated in that same fashion.”

He also added the following about the band’s business manager Rob Shore, who Fehn claimed was favoring Taylor and Crahan:

“What appears to have been going on is that management for the band appears to have been doing two things. Number one: representing individual members of the band while representing the band as a whole where their loyalties to individual members interfere with their ability to represent the whole band, especially if members of the band aren’t being treated equally.

So we noticed that going on. And we also noticed that information about the band and the band’s activities was being withheld by management from some bandmembers, like Chris, but not from others. And as a result of that, we looked not only at whether Slipknot, the group, wasn’t being fair to Chris but whether Slipknot‘s business management, Rob Shore‘s company, whether they weren’t being fair to Chris.”

Rothman also had the following to say when asked if Fehn knows what Slipknot were referring to in their statement regarding his exit from the band:

“Not really. The suggestion that Chris did something personally to any member of the band, Chris rejects. The suggestion that Chris isn’t up to it musically is absolutely false. In fact, it’s our position that the band is going to miss Chris on the recordings it’s doing, the compositions it makes. There’s a reason why Chris is one of the composers on all the band’s work, why he is an important background vocalist and percussionist on all the band’s recordings, and for anyone to suggest that he doesn’t make a valuable contribution, I think, is gonna be absurd to anyone who follows the band.”

“The reason why the lawsuit was filed was, as I said before, Chris was denied access to information about the band and its business and he was essentially being proposed that he would be a second-class citizen in the band. And that, in our view, was not fair, it wasn’t equitable, and it wasn’t consistent with his role from the very beginning.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anders Colsefni Says He Has No Interest In Rejoining Slipknot

A fan recently asked Corey Taylor if Slipknot would ever consider bringing back former vocalist/percussionist Anders Colsefni as a replacement for Chris Fehn and he responded by saying “Fuck I Would LOVE that.” However, Colsefni has since commented on the situation saying he has no interest in rejoining the band.

Here’s Colsefni’s statement:

“Hello fellow Earthlings!

I’m going to take away the uncomfortable conversations that Slipknot might have regarding myself and reported band vacancy by saying: I will NOT be rejoining Slipknot.

It is certainly not for any animosity I have-I simply don’t know those guys anymore. I generally give those I don’t know the benefit of the doubt.I’ve spent the last 27 years (through each and every band) working concrete construction to support my family but still allow time for my “Real Job” lol.

After many years of failed bands, failed marriages, and plenty of others, I’ve settled into an occupation that I can retire from. I’m gonna need the bennies-my body is going to shit! Lol!

As much as I had dreamed of rejoining my creation (shut up- I know it’s a different band now!) it is not enough of a dream anymore to risk being homeless when the tour is over!

That being said, Painface is still working behind the scenes. Look for us sometime this year!”

Former Slipknot Percussionist Chris Fehn’s Lawyer Comments On Lawsuit

As previously reported, Chris Fehn was kicked out of Slipknot after suing Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan for operating and making money on Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back. Fehn’s lawyer Joseph Dunne has since told the Des Moines Register that Fehn found out about the businesses during negotiations for the band’s new album and upcoming tour. He also added:

“He thought everyone was being treated equally. My client really is just hoping to figure out a way to work this out with the people he’s worked side by side with for the last 20 years.”

Dunne went on to say if it was up to Fehn he would still be a member of Slipknot and that “There is a lot of information out there that [their] client has not been able to see.”

More Details Surface Regarding Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot

As previously reported, Chris Fehn has been removed from Slipknot after suing the band, specifically Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, due to an income dispute. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court of the State Of New York, has since been released to the public and it offers more insight into the situation.

Fehn is claiming that Taylor and Crahan were operating various Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back. A number of defendants were named in the suit including: two versions of Slipknot, Incorporated (New York & California), Knot Merch LLC, Knot Touring LLC, SK Productions, LLC; Knot Touring LLC, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Corey Taylor, band manager Robert Shore, and Shore’s law firm Rob Shore & Associates, Inc.

The court documents say “Fehn reposed trust and confidence in the fidelity and integrity of Crahan and Taylor to operate the Slipknot general partnership for the mutual benefit of the partners.” However, Fehn believes Crahan, Taylor, and Shore were violating that trust by establishing these businesses without his consent and that they earned money from the band’s trademarks without compensating their general partnership.

On top of that, Fehn also claims that Shore and his firm “have acted in violation of their fiduciary duties owed to [him] by favoring and enriching Crahan and Taylor.”

The lawsuit also says the “actions of Crahan and Taylor have damaged Fehn and the Slipknot partnership” and that “Fehn is entitled to an accounting of the business of the Slipknot partnership from its inception through and including the present.”

This news comes after Taylor recently said he was “wrongfully accused of stealing money.”

You can find the full lawsuit HERE.

Former Slipknot Member Defends Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit

As previously reported, Slipknot parted ways with Chris Fehn after the percussionist sued the band, specifically frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, due to an income dispute. Now, the band’s former guitarist Donnie Steele, who also filled in on bass after Paul Gray died, has commented on the situation in a since deleted Facebook post. You can find a screenshot of that below [via Reddit]. This news comes after Taylor recently said he has been “wrongfully accused of stealing money.”