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Motley Crue Sues

Our Managers F'ed Us!

6/18/2007 8:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary hard rockers Motley Crue have filed a $20 million lawsuit against one of their managers, claiming "greed," "extortionist tactics" and terrible career advice caused the band to lose millions of dollars in profits and tarnished the band's stellar reputation.

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In the lawsuit, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the four founding members of the band (Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee) through Motley Crue Inc., claim manager Carl Stubner and Sanctuary Management Group gave them bad business advice and attempted to "divert revenue from [the band] and redirect it to themselves.

Furthermore, the suit claims, Stubner forced Tommy Lee to "to become engaged in 'reality' projects that were bad career moves for Lee, harming [Sixx, Mars, Neil and Lee], the Motley Crue brand and Lee's own image." The suit calls the low-rated NBC show "Tommy Lee Goes to College" a "critical disappointment and a ratings disaster," adding it painted Lee as "incoherent, lazy and incompetent" and made him "look like a laughing stock who could not carry a drum beat." The suit also claims Lee's participation on "Rock Star: Supernova" "diminished the public's interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents."

Because Lee was so busy doing reality TV, the band says he was unavailable to tour with the Crue, thus causing the cancellation of several key concert dates. The band claims that they lost $8 million in ticket and merchandise revenue because of Lee's scheduling conflicts. These conflicts, the band says, were "both real and concocted" by Stubner to "leverage his control over Lee to his financial advantage and to Motley Crue and Lee's detriment."

A call to Sanctuary was not immediately returned.

UPDATE: Tommy Lee's lawyer Barbara Berkowitz tells TMZ that her client isn't involved in the case. In an email, Berkowitz writes, " Mr. Lee was neither consulted regarding this matter nor authorized the lawsuit. Mr. Lee has not made any allegations against his current personal manager. Mr. Lee feels fortunate to have been part of the Motley Reunion tour, as well as other opportunities outside of Motley Crue over the past several years. It is unfortunate that others believe that they all could have made more money had Mr. Lee exclusively participated in the band that he co-founded in 1980. "

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Metal4ever    

All the haters can go back to their Michael Jackson records. Face the facts..........Crue will always be themselves. Thats why they still have fans. And I doubt if they're doing this for the money, get real you idiots the guys are rich. If someone takes money out of my pocket they get sued. It's the American way. All the haters go ''Beat It'' with your one glove on. you pathetic losers................I'll be ''Shouting at the Devil'' and kicking azz

2578 days ago
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I am poster 58    

The reason that people have lost interest is because:

1. You are OLD.
2. You are OLD.
3. Your music hasn't grown with the times.
4. You blame your poor career paths onto someone other than yourselves.
5. You are has beens....retire while you're ahead.

2573 days ago
3.

CL    

OMG, like it's the management company's fault that they people are losing interest in them? Whatever. They need to get over themselves.

2593 days ago
4.

tba    

These guys were too drugged out to know how to wipe their ass; yet, who stole from them.

2593 days ago
5.

TMZ_User    

The Crue ruled back in 89

2593 days ago
6.

Linda    

^ ^ Paris Hilton is garbage. May she rot in jail.

And ON topic, I thought Tommy Lee LOVED Rockstar Supernova. What brought this on?

2593 days ago
7.

lucky    

We love you Paris.... Tommy is hung but Paris is a Queen....

2593 days ago
8.

ORPHANS IN UNITED STATES NEEDS JUST AS MUCH HELP , STARTS AT "HOME ( USA )    



THERE'S MANY CELEBS WHO'S ALL DRUGGED OUT ,

AND NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THEY USED TO BE .

BRITTANY IS ONE ,AND MANY OTHERS ARE

FOLLOWING RIGHT BEHIND HER ....JESSICA SIMPSON ,

ASHLEY , AND MANY OTHERS

2593 days ago
9.

Dark Knight    

Hmmm....sounds like the real problem here was Tommy Lee wanting to be a TV star. The manager simply presented Tommy with options that were available to him. He did not have to sign off on them, or appear in any of them. He could have said thanks but no thanks, I'd rather focus on the band and our touring schedule. Tommy Lee needs to face the facts, he got in on the reality TV craze too late with shows that weren't that original. He didn't have to take the manager's advice.

2593 days ago
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dirty white boy.    

Tommy you are an idiot you made the choice to do the shows.
The Crue was better with that chick on drums anyway. That was the only time I paid to see them.

2593 days ago
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my opinion    

Hey Motley Crue, you guys are getting old, old, and old. This is a young guys game unless you are the Rolling Stones and they are borderline old fools. Who wants to see old w.rinkled tatted skin and stupid hair when there are some good looking bands out there. You can sue everyone but I bet it is still scary when you look in the mirror in the morning. Give it up

2593 days ago
12.

lucky    

Maybe they can open for Britney on her new tour LOL

2593 days ago
13.

Bunnie    

Please. The people they should be mad at, are themselves. Like anyone wants to watch a reality show about an aging hair band.

I mean.. look at Gene Simmons' show - it reeeks! And he was with KISS.. and Tommy Lee thinks he could do it better?!

2593 days ago
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justasec    

What, no sarcasm with this story, TMZ? You must like these 'boys'!

2593 days ago
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Ed    

Im no fan of the Motley Crue band, but there is always some ass agent out to take advantage of whomever to make himself a ton of money. If these guys got screwed over, I hope they win this. I saw the Rock Star Supernova episode with Lee on it, I dont know what the fuss is all about. I thought Tommy was fine. he showed to be a guy with a heart. Thats something for me to say, because Im a stripper who performed at Vince Neils bachelor party years ago. WHether I was a striipper of not, I thought that bunch had little respect for women. THe party was on a yacht in Marina Del Rey harbor in Marina Del Rey califonia, anyone who was there and reads this will know Im not lying because those are locational facts.

2593 days ago
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