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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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31.

Maurya    

Uh, has no one head of the "Motley Cruise", the ultimate bastardization of a band brand. How can it get any lower than that? Also, Vince Neil's plastic surgery makevover show was beyond embarassing. Why are these far more detrimental projects overlooked? By the way, Rock Star Supernova was awesome and Tommy came off nicely. This suit sounds personal, there have been so many other silly s*it projects from these dudes. Does Nikki Sixx need to pay for his divorce from that fox Donna D'Eriko?

2496 days ago
32.

Terry    


You can always tell when the money is running low lol Out come the suits.

2496 days ago
33.

char    

GEE, MAYBE TAKING AN INVENTORY..YOU KNOW STEP 4 ON THIS TO SEE YOUR PAT IN IT!

2496 days ago
34.

lucky    

This just in!!! Motley Crue on Dancing with the Stars.

2496 days ago
35.

PAULINE    

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO DONT REMEMBER THE CRUE RULES THE ROCK WORLD IN THE EIGHTIES AND THEY STILL RULE TODAY. ITS A SHAME THAT THEY CANT EVEN TRUST THEIR MANAGERS. AND AS FOR THE COMMENTS ABOUT THEM BEING OLD OLD OLD AND DRUG ADDICTS, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, FIRST THAY MAY BE GETTING OLDER BUT CAN STILL ROCK WITH THE BEST AND JUST TRY GETTING TICKETS TO A MOTLEY CRUE SHOW AND YOU WILL SEE JUST HOW LOVED THEY STILL ARE, SECOND AS FOR THEM BEING NOTHING BUT DRUG ADDICTS MAYBE YOU SHOULD KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BIG MOUTHS. THEY ARE RECOVERING ADDICTS WHO HAVE LEARNED FROM THERE MIS FORTUNES. NIKKI SIXX SUPPORTS AND CO FOUNDED CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT AN OFGANIZATIONS THAT HELP CHILDREN IN THE STREETS. AND IS ABOUT TO HAVE PUBLISHED A NEW BOOK CALLED THE HEROIN DIARIES ( ABD YES ITS ABOUT HIS DRUG USE DAYS AND ITS TO HELP TO DETOUR TEENS TO NOT TAKE THE SAME PATH HE DID. TO ME THAT SOUND PRETTY AMAZING YOU GO NIKKI YOU HAVE MILLIONS OF FANS BEHIND YOU WHO LOVE YOU

2496 days ago
36.

80's mustache guy    

Is Vince wearing a shirt, or is his body now covered in more ugly tatoos?

2496 days ago
37.

MNelson    

Oh, so it is the manager's fault that the band isn't popular - this band was SO over, and the only interesting bit is watching the train wreck, Tommy Lee - or that other guy get plastic surgery. They are OVER. Accept it.

2496 days ago
38.

nonikkifannemore    

I want to know why Rhyan has to be a victim of Nikki and Donna's divorce. He's just a child!!

2496 days ago
39.

vegasgirl    

Call me crazy, but if a manager generally makes 15-20% of the band's gross income, what would be his motive in suggesting crappy, non-revenue producing tv shows that conflict w/ tour dates valued at $8 million. Hmmm. I don't buy it. Besides, managers can't make you do anything. They explain to you the pros and cons. Ultimately, they are not guaranteers of anything rather a sounding board.

2496 days ago
40.

nonikkifannemore    

MICK MARS IS AN AMAZING MAN!!!
LOVE YA MICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2496 days ago
41.

nonikkifannemore    

No matter what anyone thinks of the Crue, love 'em or hate 'em, Mick Mars is the element that gives them their substance and commands respect. He is not only an MAMZING musician, but an AMAZING man.
MICK, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for sacrificing your own comfort so that I can be entertained by your awesome talent.
God Bless Mick Mars!!!!!

2496 days ago
42.

nonikkifannemore    

Tommy is too good for Pam....
Dude, get yourself above and beyond the bimbo!!!

2496 days ago
43.

nonikkifannemore    

I want some of Vince's wine

2496 days ago
44.

Standards are badly needed.    

Yah, he twisted Tommy's arm. Reality worked wonders for Ozzy - & I don't hear Sharon or Ozzy's ego complaining that it hurt hi$ widdle image. Tommy did his thing on Supernova, and looked human on 'College'. I don't think they hurt him AT ALL; gave him an actual persona. Now, that mankiss with Rossi, THAT might have hurt him...lol... Who are you gonna sue for that?

So, boys, book some new gigs and make yer 8 mill back. Better yet, write an album as good again as Girls, girls, girls, and I'll run out and buy it myself, and THEN tour. Build it and they will come. The guy got you work, and you took it. Looks a bit ungrateful to me, in hindsight.
It's a wee bit late for empty principles now, anyway. Get over yourselves. None of your images were presidential to begin with, and that's why some folks love the Crue. . I enjoyed the hell out of both those T.V. shows. Now go make more work, and come back to Calgary.

2496 days ago
45.

TheseDays    

These guys can whine like no other, since their inception. They probably saw the Forbes Top 100 and their delusional grandeur kicked in. The screeching of Vince Neil's vocals, surprised he didn't suffer from a brain aneurysm. Mick Mars, repulsive as ever. They're not wrapped too tight if they think they can get somewhere with this, but heh, the lawyers will jump on it, they get paid regardless. MCrue = finito.

#29 OMG, you hit it. Haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Skinny bop-bopping to tears.

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