White Stripes frontman Jack White has denied as “laughable” a claim from Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer that he stuck an obscenity-filled warning note on his door with a knife.
The star, who in 2004 pleaded guilty to assaulting his old friend in a Detroit club the previous year, insists it was not him who put the note on Stollsteimer’s door.
The statements came in testimony at the trial of a federal lawsuit brought by producer Jim Diamond, who worked on the first two White Stripes albums and claims that he deserves a share of the royalties.
Diamond is listed as co-producer on the band’s eponymous debut album, released in 1999. He is listed as sound mixer on ‘De Stijl’, released in 2000.
Diamond made the claim about the note, reports Associated Press. Stollsteimer added that he was sure the message was from White.
Stollsteimer told the US District Court jury: “I found a note stuck to my door with a knife in it. The knife held up a magazine interview story in which White apparently believed that Stollsteimer slighted him by minimizing his role in producing a Von Bondies album.
White had worked on the band’s 2001 debut ‘Lack Of Communication’, and later when the White Stripes went on their first major UK tour The Von Bondies supported.
The article, Stollsteimer said, had written across it: “That’s the last … time I help you out.”
White earlier said it was “a laughable lie” that he stuck a knife in Stollsteimer‘s door.
The trial before US District Judge Avern Cohn, which began on Monday (June 12), is expected to last about a week.
The White Stripes deny that Diamond helped create the band’s sound. In court documents they state that they paid him $35 an hour for time at his Ghetto Recorders studio, where the albums were made.
White Stripes drummer Meg White testified that although the group’s first album listed Diamond as co-producer, the credit for producing that album belonged solely to Jack White.