Slipknot's Chris Fehn

Chris Fehn’s Attorney Says Slipknot Were Treating Fehn Like A “Second-Class Citizen”


Joel B. Rothman, an attorney representing former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn in his lawsuit against the band, appeared on ‘Rock Feed‘ this week to discuss his clients case in the below interview, shedding some insight on Fehn‘s perspective of the case. To catch up, Fehn brought a lawsuit against his then bandmates on March 13th, 2019 after alleging that he wasn’t getting his fair share of the profits from the band.

For his part, he alleged that certain members of the band had been involved in setting up separate band-related business entities to enrich themselves outside of a general partnership that a number of the longtime members of the group had originally entered into.

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Fehn alleged that at least one of these businesses had been assigned the rights to the Slipknot trademarks without his knowledge or consent and that he was unaware of the existence of several of the entities. Another attorney representing Fehn in the case, Joseph Dunne, alleged that Fehn had only discovered the existence of the several other band-related businesses during the negotiations for the group’s forthcoming new album.

As such, Fehn is seeking access to the band’s accounting from inception until present to discover whether or not he was being fairly compensated during his time in the band and to establish potential damages.

Shortly after Fehn filed suit, he was ousted from the band in a since pulled statement issued by the group. Speaking of the case and how it came about, Rothman stated:

“First of all, the lawsuit came about because in order for Chris to continue to participate in the band and attend recording sessions for the album that the band is working on, he was presented with a very onerous take-it-or-leave-it, you’re-not-an-equal-member-of-the-band-type proposal. And I’m not gonna go into the details of it, but let me put it this way.

If you had spent 20 years of your life devoted to an enterprise like Slipknot, where you had given your heart, your soul, your sweat, your blood, your tears to making the band the best it could be the way that so many of its fans love, and then you were told you were a second-class citizen here, I doubt that anyone who’s listening to this would feel any differently from the way Chris felt, which was that he wasn’t being given the respect that he deserved.

And in speaking to his [other] attorneys… what we saw was that Chris, from the beginning of Slipknot, was treated like an equal, and it wasn’t until later, after the band had experienced success, that they began to treat Chris like less than that equal. And we looked at that, and we said, ‘Well, that doesn’t seem fair,’ based on the facts as we understood them that he began as an equal partner in the band in the beginning, and he should continue to be treated in that same fashion.”

Elaborating further on Fehn‘s allegations that frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan had established businesses outside of the band’s general partnership with the aid band’s business manager Rob Shore of Rob Shore & Associates. Regarding that he stated:

“What appears to have been going on is that management for the band appears to have been doing two things. Number one: representing individual members of the band while representing the band as a whole where their loyalties to individual members interfere with their ability to represent the whole band, especially if members of the band aren’t being treated equally.

So we noticed that going on. And we also noticed that information about the band and the band’s activities was being withheld by management from some bandmembers, like Chris, but not from others. And as a result of that, we looked not only at whether Slipknot, the group, wasn’t being fair to Chris but whether Slipknot‘s business management, Rob Shore‘s company, whether they weren’t being fair to Chris.”

Rothman also shot down any rumors about Fehn‘s ousting from the band, stating:

“The suggestion that Chris did something personally to any member of the band, Chris rejects. The suggestion that Chris isn’t up to it musically is absolutely false. In fact, it’s our position that the band is going to miss Chris on the recordings it’s doing, the compositions it makes. There’s a reason why Chris is one of the composers on all the band’s work, why he is an important background vocalist and percussionist on all the band’s recordings, and for anyone to suggest that he doesn’t make a valuable contribution, I think, is gonna be absurd to anyone who follows the band.”

“The reason why the lawsuit was filed was, as I said before, Chris was denied access to information about the band and its business and he was essentially being proposed that he would be a second-class citizen in the band. And that, in our view, was not fair, it wasn’t equitable, and it wasn’t consistent with his role from the very beginning.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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