Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says he was “wrongly accused” of stealing from percussionist Chris Fehn

"Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot."

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has said he was “wrongly accused” of stealing money from former percussionist Chris Fehn, days after Fehn’s lawsuit against the group resulted in his departure.

According to a report by The Blast, Fehn is taking his now former bandmates to court over a pay dispute. Fehn was allegedly under the impression that the band’s money made from touring and merchandise is handled by one sole company that splits profits and pays the bands.

The reports say that Fehn recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other Slipknot affiliated business entities in different states that he was unaware of.

While Slipknot confirmed Fehn’s departure yesterday, it seems there’s still bad blood. Responding to a fan on Twitter who suggested that Fehn should be replaced by former singer Anders Colsefni, Taylor said: “Fuck I would love that.”

Another branded the potential pairing a “bit dickish”, prompting Taylor to respond: “You think that’s dickish, try being wrongfully accused of stealing money from someone you cared about, and having a lot of your fans believe it.”

Corey Taylor of Slipknot performing live in Padova at the Gran Teatro Geox Arena

Confirming his departure, Slipknot said: “Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever,” the band confirmed on their website.

“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. Long Live The Knot.”

This comes after frontman Corey Taylor appeared to respond via Twitter, saying: “You’re gonna read a lot of bullshit today. This is all I’ll say. JUST YOU WAIT TIL THE TRUTH COMES OUT. Long Live The Knot.”

News of the lawsuit comes just days after Slipknot confirmed the release date of their hotly-anticipated new album, while also announcing details of the ‘KNOTFEST ROADSHOW’ tour which will hit North America this summer.

Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth have all been confirmed as the special guests on the 29-date tour, which will take place between July and September.