Public Enemy fire Flavor Flav after he criticised Bernie Sanders

It comes after Flav issued a cease-and-desist letter against Sanders

Public Enemy have fired rapper Flavor Flav from the group, after they clashed over his criticism of US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

It comes after Flav presented a cease and desist letter to the Vermont senator, ahead of a rally in Los Angeles which featured a performance from Public Enemy’s Chuck D.
In a new statement released on Sunday evening, the iconic rap group said it was “moving forward” without the 60-year-old, bringing an end to his 37-year career with the group.

“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the group announced. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”


Elaborating on the decision, Chuck D wrote on Twitter: “Spoke @BernieSanders rally with @EnemyRadio. If there was a $bag, Flav would’ve been there front & center. He will NOT do free benefit shows. Sued me in court the 1st time I let him back in. His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home & better find REHAB.”

He added: “Heard I’m trending, like I care. I built @EnemyRadioRS so it does benefits & fundraisers … He said he never gonna do them. So his refusal to do@HarryBelafonte #ManyRiversFestival in Atlanta 2016 was my last time. I built Enemy Radio to get far away from that ridiculousness.”

Chuck D’s performance at the Sanders rally in LA yesterday was instead billed as Public Enemy Radio, an offshoot of the group led by Chuck, alongside featuring DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws.

But Flav had previously presented a cease and desist letter (obtained by Spin), accusing the Sanders campaign of using the Public Enemy name and “likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials” without his permission.