Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Battery Lawsuit With Female Journalist

Back in December 2017 a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Billboard are reporting that Simmons and the plaintiff told Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy that they had reached a settlement. The terms of the agreement have not been made available and both sides still need to file an official request for dismissal. This news comes after Simmons previously said it was dismissed back in April.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Lawyers Say AEG’s Motion To Dismiss Anti-Trust Suit Is “Baseless On The Facts And The Law Alike”

According to Amplify, lawyers for Ozzy Osbourne have responded to AEG’s motion to dismiss his anti-trust claims saying it’s “baseless on the facts and the law alike.” Osbourne originally filed an anti-trust lawsuit against AEG for “blackmail,” due to the company trying to use block-booking practices to get him to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The singer was supposed perform at the AEG owned O2 Arena in London on February 11, 2019, and as part of the deal AEG tried to say that if he had a Live Nation promoted indoor concert within 25 miles of Los Angeles, he would also have to play the AEG owned Staples Center. Osbourne feels this is a violation of the antitrust laws, which are supposed to stop businesses from getting a stranglehold on customers.

In AEG’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, they said Osbourne could not claim anti-trust injury due to the policy tying the promoter to the agreement rather than the artist. Attorney Daniel Wall has submitted a rebuttal saying the company is misleading the court and that they are aware that their policy makes artists play the Los Angeles venue whether they want to or not. Wall said the following in his rebuttal:

“Factually, AEG misrepresents its own practices with respect to the tying requirement it enforces, The formal venue hire agreement for the O2 referenced in the Staples Center Commitment unambiguously requires the promoter to ensure that the artist plays Staples when in Los Angeles.”

Iron Maiden Being Sued Over Songwriting Credits Again

Iron Maiden‘s Steve Harris and Dave Murray and their publishing company Imagem London Limited are being sued over songwriting credits once again. Attorney Barry McKay has filed a copyright dispute on behalf of the band’s former singer Dennis Willcock and Beckett’s Terry Wilson-Slesser, who are seeking damages in excess of £2 million (approximately $2.64 million). Willcock claims he wrote lyrics for “Prowler“, “Charlotte The Harlot“, “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Iron Maiden“ back in 1977, and that he also co-wrote “Prodigal Son” with Harris. As for Wilson-Slesser, he says the group lifted lyrics from Beckett‘s “Rainbow’s Gold“ for “Hallowed By Thy Name.” Iron Maiden’s representative issued a statement to The Sun saying “this is outrageous” and “absolutely ridiculous.” This news comes after a similar case was settled out of court.

Harley Flanagan Sues Cro-Mags Over Their Name

According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan is suing the group for allegedly using the name without permission. He claims the band was his idea when it formed it in 1981, and that they are guilty of copyright infringement, due to him apparently trademarking the “Cro-Mag” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 and then again in 2017. The suit goes on to say the other members took over in 2002 when “Flanagan’s first son was about to be born… and Flanagan had to stop touring to help with the baby.” Flanagan was previously arrested in July 2012 after attacking several members of the group with a knife at the CBGB Festival.

Slayer’s Merchandising Company Taking Legal Action Against Bootleggers

According to the Northern California Record, Global Merchandising Services, who have exclusive merchandising rights to Slayer, have filed a federal suit in an effort to get local law enforcement to crack down on bootleggers throughout the band’s North American farewell tour. The site goes on to say the complaint was filed for “trademark infringement and unfair competition against various unnamed defendants.” The suit was filed before the May 10 opening date of the trek. You can read more about all that HERE.

Gene Simmons Says The Sexual Battery Lawsuit Against Him Has Already Been Dismissed

Back in December a woman, who was said to be a “longtime on-air personality for a local rock station,” filed suit against Gene Simmons (KISS), due to sexual battery, gender violence, battery, gender discrimination, etc. Now, Simmons claims that lawsuit has since been dismissed. He told Australia’s News Corp the following about that: “It’s already dismissed with prejudice. We’re going after that person. When I was growing up and somebody said something bad about you, you would be able to sue back for slander.” He also added: “There’s presumption of innocence, and I don’t go into the night softly. I’ve had a long 45-year career. Anybody wants to start something, you picked the wrong guy.”

Ozzy Osbourne Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against AEG

According to Billboard, Ozzy Osbourne has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against AEG for “blackmail,” and is seeking class-action status, to allow other artists to join the suit as well. This news comes after Sharon Osbourne previously called out the company for trying to use block-booking practices to get Ozzy to play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ozzy was supposed perform at the AEG owned O2 Arena in London on February 11, 2019, and as part of the deal AEG tried to say that if Ozzy had a Live Nation promoted indoor concert within 25 miles of Los Angeles, he would have to play the AEG owned Staples Center too. Ozzy feels this is a violation of the antitrust laws, which are supposed to stop businesses from getting a stranglehold on customers.

“Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and business manager, publicly complained about having to sign the Staples Center Commitment, but AEG would not relent,” the suit complaint reads. “Ozzy commences this action (on his own behalf and for all similarly situated artists) to prohibit AEG from enforcing the Staples Center Commitment, an unlawful tying arrangement that unfairly leverages AEG’s dominance in greater London to distort and deter competition in greater Los Angeles.”

Osbourne’s attorney Daniel Wall says AEG is being a “monopolist for arena-sized venues in greater London,” which “through management contracts it also controls a number of other large concert venues in greater London in addition to the O2,” including The SSE Arena at Wembley and the summer concerts series at Hyde Park.

AEG offered a statement to Billboard:

“This suit is without merit and we will vigorously fight it. We welcome a closer look at the global live entertainment market and, specifically, our practices and the practices of our competition. AEG has always worked hard to put artists first. At the same time, we must respond to the actions of those we compete with, specifically Live Nation and Madison Square Garden. Fighting for a level playing field is fair competition at its core.”