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Ghost’s Papa Emeritus Being Sued By Former Members Of The Band


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A report on Corren.se has word that four former members of Ghost are suing the band’s leader Papa Emertius (aka Tobias Forge) over some shady financial practices. Rumors had been circulating that Forge had let most, if not all, of the rest of the band go sometime late last year, having since replaced the various Nameless Ghouls with new musicians.

In this new suit, the now ex-members of the band are seeking to get Forge to release the financial records for their time in the band (2011-2016) or face a 200,000 SEK ($22,000 USD) fine. The translation is a bit fuzzy, but among the claims made in the lawsuit are that Forge had been collecting all profits and revenue from the band via his company, yet told the various members that there was no money, going so far as to only sporadically pay them during some of their time with the band.

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He also allegedly refused to provide them with financial records of the company. The ex-band members also state that they were offered ‘slave contracts’ which they refused to sign. They further alleged that the band was to be viewed as a partnership—claims which Forge has denied via his legal team.

The article does reveal that Martin Penser, who outted himself as a former member of the band, is not involved in the lawsuit. Earlier this year a Nameless Ghoul (reportedly Forge) from the band had mentioned that Ghost had undergone as many as 10 lineup changes.

[via MetalSucks]

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