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Swedish Court Dismisses Lawsuit Brought Against Ghost’s Tobias Forge By Ex-Members Of The Band


A Swedish court has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Ghost founder Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus/Cardinal Copia) by various former members of the band. That lawsuit saw four ex-members of the group—Simon Söderberg (Alpha), Mauro Rubino (Air), Henrik Palm (Ether) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth)—seek access to the financial records of the band during their 2011 to late 2016 tenure, claiming they had been shortchanged during their time as ‘Nameless Ghouls‘.

The four had alleged that a partnership was in place to see revenues earned by the band distributed amongst them more favorably. Forge for his part denied that such a partnership ever existed, and was revealed to have paid the former members a fixed salary during their tenure, with their roles essentially being viewed as that of session/touring musicians.

The lawsuit went on to shatter the somewhat tenuous shroud of anonymity that Forge had employed for the band throughout its career. Following a six-day trial that was heard in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden, a decision was released today, October 17th, to dismiss the case.

While testimony from key witnesses was heard, the district court were unable to find convincing evidence of the alleged partnership to have existed. As part of that decision, which you can read more about here, the court ordered the four ex-members to pay Forge‘s legal fees.

Forge had originally claimed over 2 million kronor for his fees, though the court eventually ruled that 1.3 million kronor (roughly $145,000 USD) as a more reasonable sum. The aforementioned four ex-members have three weeks to appeal the court’s ruling.

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