Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Likens Agreement He Signed With Other Members To “Slave Labor”

As previously reported, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” Now, Lydon has fired back by referring to the band’s 1998 agreement as “a total trap or prison” and likening it to “slave labor.”

Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen previously told a judge at the High Court in London that the aforementioned agreement allows members of the group to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. However, Lydon claimed that the other members of the band needed his permission to use their music. His lawyer Mark Cunningham also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

Lydon has since commented further during a court appearance today (July 21):

“I care very much about this band and its reputation and its quality control and I will always have a say if I think anything is being done to harm or damage [it].

I don’t want anything I’m involved in to victimize any one of us. It would destroy the whole point and purpose of the band and so I don’t understand the [bandmember agreement]… I don’t remember signing it.

You can’t let your history be rewritten for us by a complete stranger with no interest in it. This is my life here. This is my history. I didn’t write these songs [for them] to be given off to nonsense.”

According to BBC News, the frontman also added that the agreement had not been applied since it was signed and that “all decisions” regarding the group’s music and imagery were previously made with “unanimous” agreement. He continued:

“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something that I so morally heart-and-soul disagree with without any involvement.

My fear is that they’re demanding that I agree to sign over the rights to a drama documentary that I am not allowed any access to.

I don’t think the [bandmember agreement] applies. I didn’t ask for this court case, it was brought to me, so I will naturally defend myself.

There is no point in me being here or ever was if it is the case that I can just be completely outvoted by the vested interests of all in one management camp.”

Earlier this week, Cook also told the court that the group had “always wanted to work harmoniously,” but were forced to take legal action against Lydon, so their music can be used in the aforementioned series. He went on to say that Lydon “can be a difficult character and always likes to feel that he has control.” Cook also added that the “majority rules agreement” was never used before because he “thought that [their] relationship with John would get worse” if they evoked it. He continued:

“Maybe Steve and I have been too nice to John over the years in trying to maintain good relations and that we should have been tougher.

I am unhappy that he would behave like this over an important personal project for Steve, particularly as we have always backed his personal projects.”

The news of the lawsuit broke after Lydon slammed the series, which he called “disrespectful.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Johnny Rotten Sued By Two Members Of Sex Pistols Over Song Rights

According to NBC News, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” This news comes after Lydon previously blasted the biopic, calling it “disrespectful.” Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen told a judge at the High Court in London that the band have an agreement that allows them to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. For his part, Lydon says that the other members of the band need his permission to use the music. His lawyer, Mark Cunningham, also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

Ashley Morgan Smithline Files Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson For Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, Human Trafficking, Etc.

According to Rolling Stone, Ashley Morgan Smithline has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson (aka Brian Warner) for sexual assault, sexual battery, human trafficking, and more. This news comes after she previously opened up about a number of disturbing instances of abuse and sexual violence that she suffered when she was with the singer.

Smithline previously accused Manson of sexually assaulting her “countless times,” cutting her with a “swastika-emblazoned knife,” making her enter into a blood pact, and locking her in a glass soundproof room, which he called “the bad girls room.” She has since filed a suit against the musician for sexual assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unlawful imprisonment, and violations of the Bane Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. She is currently seeking damages, as well as other legal and equitable relief.

Smithline said Manson originally contacted her in the summer of 2010, while she was in Bangkok, Thailand. He then reportedly became obsessed with her, telling her she “was the perfect girl for him” and asking her to send him photos. He later had her fly out to Los Angeles, CA with the incentive that he would get her a role in Eli Roth’s remake of “True Romance.” Shortly after she arrived, he had her move in with him.

Smithline went on to say that their relationship was consensual at first, but things quickly turned horrifying. She says there was even one day when she woke up to find herself bound with Manson penetrating her and ignoring her pleas to stop. She also claims that he manipulated her “into a state of near-total isolation, both physically and emotionally,” continuously threatened to kill her, and demeaned her in front of his friends and bandmates. Smithline, who is of Jewish descent, also said that Manson would have her bring him Nazi paraphernalia and would often use anti-Semitic language.

Furthermore, Smithline also alleges that Manson took sexual pictures of her and threatened to use them to destroy her career. You can read more about all of that HERE.

This news comes after multiple women accused Manson of abuse. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then at least 15 women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including actress Esmé Bianco, who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of abuse and human trafficking, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc., and another woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape and assault.

Wood has since shared more details regarding her time with Manson as well, including his alleged use of anti-Semitic and racial slurs. She has also claimed that his current wife Lindsay Usich and another woman named Leslee Lane threatened to release underage photos of her to destroy her career.

After all of this news broke, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that they were investigating Manson. Allaine also mentioned that she was planning to speak to the FBI.

Since Wood made her initial statement, Manson has been dropped by his manager Tony Ciulla, his label Loma Vista Recordings, his talent agency CAA, and a couple of TV shows. Others that worked with Manson have also come forward, including his former assistant Dan Cleary, who said he witnessed the musician abusing Usich.

Two of his other exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.”

A number of other musicians have also issued statements including Ellie Roswell (Wolf Alice), who said she once caught Manson “filming up [her] skirt with a GoPro,” Phoebe Bridgers, who said Manson previously “referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’,” Otep, who said Usich would call her house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life,” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), who said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person,” and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), who said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Actor Corey Feldman also claimed that Manson put “spies” into his life as part of a “decades long mental and emotional abuse” campaign.

For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”

Metallica File Lawsuit Against Insurer Over Cancelled 2020 South American Tour

According to City News Service, Metallica have sued insurer Lloyd’s Of London for allegedly refusing to cover losses they suffered after their South American tour was cancelled due to the pandemic. The band’s complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and it says their “cancellation, abandonment and non-appearance insurance” policy was denied due to a policy that excludes communicable diseases. The group say the decision was “an unreasonably restrictive interpretation of the policy” and that the company have breached their contract. They are currently seeking “unspecified compensatory damages as well as a declaration of the rights and obligations of the parties.”

Another Woman Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson Following Rape And Assault Allegations

According to TMZ, Marilyn Manson has been hit with another lawsuit. A woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” decided to pursue legal action against the singer after accusing him of a number of disturbing things including rape and assault.

The woman claims that she started dating Manson in 2011 and that he made her watch a sickening home video called “Groupie.” As reported by TMZ, the clip showed Manson “tying a young fan to a chair and forcing her to drink a glass of a band member’s urine, threatening her with a gun and possibly pistol-whipping her.” The woman says the video was filmed following a 1996 show at the Hollywood Bowl and that the musician kept it locked up in a safe. However, a representative for Manson claims the video “was a scripted short film meant to be used for a future project that was never officially released.”

Furthermore, “Jane Doe” also claimed that Manson assaulted and raped her. She says she went to his house to return a key when he “forced her to the ground and raped her while she was face-down.” He also allegedly threatened to kill her after the incident.

The woman is currently suing for damages. She also wants a declaration saying that Manson broke the law.

This news comes after multiple women accused Manson of abuse. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then at least 15 women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including actress Esmé Bianco, who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of abuse and human trafficking, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who was sexually assaulted and abused multiple times, and his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc.

Wood has since shared more details regarding her time with Manson as well, including his alleged use of anti-Semitic and racial slurs. She has also claimed that his current wife Lindsay Usich and another woman named Leslee Lane threatened to release underage photos of her to destroy her career.

After all of this news broke, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that they were investigating Manson. Allaine also mentioned that she was planning to speak to the FBI.

Since Wood made her initial statement, Manson has been dropped by his manager Tony Ciulla, his label Loma Vista Recordings, his talent agency CAA, and a couple of TV shows. Others that worked with Manson have also come forward, including his former assistant Dan Cleary, who said he witnessed the musician abusing Usich.

Two of his other exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.”

A number of other musicians have also issued statements including Ellie Roswell (Wolf Alice), who said she once caught Manson “filming up [her] skirt with a GoPro,” Phoebe Bridgers, who said Manson previously “referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’,” Otep, who said Usich would call her house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life,” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), who said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person,” and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), who said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Actor Corey Feldman also claimed that Manson put “spies” into his life as part of a “decades long mental and emotional abuse” campaign.

For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”

Aside from the above mentioned abuse allegations, Manson is also wanted in New Hampshire for two counts of misdemeanor simple assault after allegedly spitting on a videographer during an August 18, 2019 performance at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. The Gilford Police Department recently confirmed that a warrant has already been issued for that incident.

Marilyn Manson’s Former Assistant Sues Singer For Sexual Assault, Harassment, Battery, Etc.

According to Rolling Stone, Marilyn Manson’s former assistant Ashley Walters has filed a lawsuit against the singer. She decided to pursue legal action after accusing him of sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and more.

According to the suit, Walters met Manson after connecting through social media in March 2010. At the time, Walters was an aspiring photographer and the musician reportedly reached out to her about her work. They eventually met up in person, but he allegedly pinned her to a bed and tried to kiss and grope her without consent.

After that incident, Manson was said to have acted more professional before agreeing to give Walters a chance to be his director of photography. However, he said he would only give her the job if she agreed to film a video, while wearing nothing but underwear and a Nazi jacket. The suit went on to say that this was the shock rocker’s way of “auditioning” people and that he filmed other employees in Nazi paraphernalia as well. He also allegedly made them say damning and offensive things, so he could blackmail them if need be.

Furthermore, Walters claimed that Manson would offer her to his friends, including actors, directors and musicians, a number of which groped and kissed her without consent. On top of that, she also said that Manson had her watch a video in which he abused a young fan by stripping, whipping, and pulling a gun out on her.

Walters also said that Manson would try to intimidate her by making threats, saying that he had gang affiliations and that he could get people killed. She went on to say that the musician was also physically and verbally abusive to her and his exes. Walters also claimed that he bragged to her about getting away with rape and that he would hide drugs in her bags while traveling.

Walters became Manson’s personal assistant in August 2010, but was fired in July 2011, after she made contact with actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”), Manson’s ex-girlfriend who is also suing him for sexual assault and human trafficking. Walters was ultimately rehired, but was fired again in October 2011. After that, Manson allegedly harassed her by hacking her Facebook and accusing her of stealing a piece of art.

The lawsuit says Walters is currently seeking back pay, lost wages, and unspecified damages. Furthermore, she wants Manson to delete all of the images and footage that he has of her and images of other women that were obtained without consent. She also wants Manson‘s employees to participate in anti-sexual harassment and anti-sexual violence training.

For their part, Manson‘s team has “vehemently denied” all of Walters’ allegations.

As previously reported, the accusations against Manson were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then at least 15 women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including Bianco, who accused him of abuse and human trafficking, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” and actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who was sexually assaulted and abused multiple times.

Wood has since shared more details regarding her time with Manson as well, including his alleged use of anti-Semitic and racial slurs. She has also claimed that his current wife Lindsay Usich and another woman named Leslee Lane threatened to release underage photos of her to destroy her career.

After all of this news broke, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that they were investigating Manson. Allaine also mentioned that she was planning to speak to the FBI.

Since Wood made her initial statement, Manson has been dropped by his manager Tony Ciulla, his label Loma Vista Recordings, his talent agency CAA, and a couple of TV shows. Others that worked with Manson have also come forward, including his former assistant Dan Cleary, who said he witnessed the musician abusing Usich.

Two of his other exes, Rose McGowan and Dita Von Teese, have both commented as well. Von Teese’s statement was the most recent and she said that the “details made public do not match [her] personal experience” with the singer, while also adding that “abuse of any kind has no place in any relationship.”

A number of other musicians have also issued statements including Ellie Roswell (Wolf Alice), who said she once caught Manson “filming up [her] skirt with a GoPro,” Phoebe Bridgers, who said Manson previously “referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’,” Otep, who said Usich would call her house “hysterical because he was on another drug binge, threatening her life,” Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), who said that he has “been vocal over the years about [his] dislike of Manson as a person,” and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), who said that “every single thing that people have said about him is fucking true.” Actor Corey Feldman also claimed that Manson put “spies” into his life as part of a “decades long mental and emotional abuse” campaign.

For his part, Manson claimed that the accusations “are horrible distortions of reality.”

Chris Cornell’s Family Reach Settlement With Doctor Who Prescribed The Singer Drugs

According to Deadline, Chris Cornell’s family have reached a settlement with the late Soundgarden frontman’s former doctor Robert Koblin. This news comes after Cornell’s widow Vicky previously filed a malpractice suit against Koblin after accusing him of prescribing drugs that led to the singer’s suicide.

Attorneys for the Cornell family had the following to say in some court papers:

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Dr. Robert Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

Vicky originally filed the suit due to Koblin allegedly prescribing Chris 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (aka Ativan) and doses of Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life. The suit went on to say that the doctor was writing prescriptions without re-examining Chris, despite the fact that he had a history of addiction. It also mentioned that Lorazepam can lead to impaired judgment and increased suicide risks in those that are prone to addiction and that Koblin did not warn Chris about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts.

For his part, Koblin claimed that Chris was aware of the dangers associated with the anti-anxiety medication he was prescribed and that he asked to “not to be informed” of potential side effects. He was also previously seeking to have the suit dismissed, saying that he was covered by a malpractice law that protects doctors during the death’s of certain patients.

Former Puddle Of Mudd Guitarist Paul Phillips Sues Hospital Over Brain Injury

According to TMZ, Paul Phillips (ex-Puddle Of Mudd) has filed a lawsuit against Florida’s Baptist Medical Center Of The Beaches and two doctors after claiming that the treatments he received from them led to a brain injury. The guitarist was admitted to the hospital in November 2019 after dealing with an altered mental status and a possible seizure and initial tests showed that had low sodium levels. However, Phillips says that when the doctors tried to bring the levels back up, they rose too quickly. He then returned to the hospital three days later with a seizure. An MRI also showed that he suffered brain damage, which he believes was related to the treatments he was given. Phillips went on to claim that he is still undergoing treatment for seizures and other neurological problems at the Mayo Clinic and that the issues are hurting his ability to play music.

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Sued By Woman Injured In Bonfire Incident

Late last year, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis ended up suffering burns to 25% of his body after trying to use gas to light a bonfire. Now, it has been revealed that a woman named Vivienne Barcena has filed a lawsuit against the frontman due to injuries she sustained during the same incident. According to FOX5, Barcena filed the suit in a San Diego Superior Court last week. She claims that Lambesis put an accelerate into the fire causing it to “explode out,” resulting in her suffering burns to her arm, back and mid-section. She went on to say that the burns also left her with scars. Notably, Lambesis’ parents were also named as defendants in the suit, since the incident occurred at their house. This news come after Lambesis recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year. It also comes as the musician has continued to face controversy in the metal world ever since he was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his former wife in 2013.

Marilyn Manson’s Attorney Comments On Esmé Bianco’s Lawsuit: “These Claims Are Provably False”

As previously reported, actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”) has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager Tony Ciulla after accusing the shock rocker of disturbing instances of abuse and human trafficking. Now, Manson’s attorney Howard E. King has commented on the suit in a statement that was sent to the Associated Press. You can read that below:

“These claims are provably false. To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail.”