More details of Chris Fehn’s lawsuit against Slipknot have emerged, with newly-published legal papers shedding more light on Fehn’s accusations that his former bandmates were keeping money from him.
Percussionist Fehn parted ways with Slipknot earlier this week after he launched legal action against the band over a pay dispute. In a statement, Slipknot said of the situation: “Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.”
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A public court record of Fehn’s lawsuit, which was filed on March 13, has now been made available to view online. The suit has been filed against a number of parties, including two versions of ‘Slipknot, Incorporated’ (one in New York, and one in California), Knot Merch and Knot Touring LLCs, the band’s business manager Robert Shore and current Slipknot members Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan and Corey Taylor.
Fehn is suing the defendants for two counts of “breach of fiduciary duty,” one count of “breach of implied in fact contract” and one count of “unjust enrichment”.
The suit claims that Slipknot welcomed Fehn as a partner of the band’s general partnership (which retained the rights to the Slipknot trademarks) when he joined in 1998, although Fehn says that he “reposed trust and confidence in the fidelity and integrity” of both Taylor and Crahan to represent him and his other bandmates to operate the partnership.
While the suit states that Fehn “received a share of the profits of the business of the Slipknot general partnership” (which included a share of the profits from merchandise and touring), it later claims that he was never made aware of “the business of, assets of, or operations of” a number of Slipknot-related companies.
These companies include Slipknot Merchandising LLC, Slipknot Touring LLC and both Slipknot NY and Slipknot CA.
Fehn alleges that Crahan, Taylor, and Shore betrayed the trust he had in them to run the business by setting up these companies without his knowledge or consent. The suit adds that Shore and his firm “have acted in violation of their fiduciary duties owed to Fehn by favouring and enriching Crahan and Taylor at the expense and to the detriment of Fehn.”
Corey Taylor publicly denied Fehn’s accusations on Twitter earlier this week.