Former Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars has filed a lawsuit against the band, claiming that he was unfairly ousted and had his shares, directorship, and officer status taken away. The band has cited Mars’ declining health as the reason for his departure, but Mars disputes this, calling the severance offer an insult.
Mick Mars Sues Mötley Crüe for Unfair Ousting
Mick Mars, the former guitarist for Mötley Crüe, has filed a lawsuit against the band, alleging that he was unfairly ousted and stripped of his shares, directorship, and officer status. The band had announced in October 2022 that Mars would retire due to health reasons and that John 5 would take his place for their 2023 tour.
However, as reported by USA Today, Mars disputes that he retired and has called the severance offer an insult. The band claims that Mars’ declining health led to his departure, stating that he struggled to remember chords and made constant mistakes during their last tour.
The lawsuit also details years of legal troubles and drug addictions related to other band members. Mars alleges that some members did not play live during the last tour, while others used recordings. The band has gathered statements from crew members supporting their claims that Mars often played incorrect chords. Mars claims that co-founder Nikki Sixx “gaslighted” him by telling him he had cognitive dysfunction.
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Band and Mars Dispute Reason for Departure
The band has cited Mars’ declining health as the reason for his departure, but Mars disputes this, calling the severance offer an insult. The band’s representative provided a 2008 agreement signed by all band members stating that resigning shareholders are not entitled to receive monies from live performances.
Mars’ attorneys, on the other hand, maintain that he was not resigning and that he had been pushed around for far too long. The litigation is still ongoing, and it is unclear how it will be settled. In a tweet, Sixx addressed the situation, calling it a “sad day for the band.”
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