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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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46.

Tracey    

YOU GUYS ARE OLD !!! TOO OLD TO BE COOL!! BYE BYE!! GET OVER IT!! YOU MADE MONEY NOW YOU"RE WASHED UP!! NEXT?

2580 days ago
47.

cari    

so who does tommy lee blame for french kissing lucas rossi?

2580 days ago
48.

ann coulter    

motley who?!

2580 days ago
49.

juli    

THE "REALITY" HERE IS THAT IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO BLAMING THE MANAGER. TOMMY MUST HAVE BEEN EITHER TOO OUT OF IT OR WITHOUT HIS MIND, OTHERWISE HOW COULD ANYONE MAKE HIM DO TWO REALITY SHOWS WITHOUT HIS CONSENT.
THIS BAND WAS OVER YEARS AGO...STOP WHINNING AND TAKE A LOOK AT BON JOVI AND OTHER GROUPS THAT HAVE SURVIVED AND ARE BOOMING IN THEIR CAREERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT'S TOO EASY TO JUST SUE EVERYONE THESE DAYS WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOING YOUR WAY.

2580 days ago
50.

Mikey    

Tommy was "incoherent, lazy and incompetent" and " a laughing stock" before those shows!

Maybe they should sue that drunk midget singer from supernova for being so lame!

2580 days ago
51.

Trev    

They had a "stellar reputation?"

Pfffffftttt! Okaaaaay....

2580 days ago
52.

Crue    

Nikki Sixx is still as FINE as he was 20 years ago!!! LOVE the Crue!!!

2580 days ago
53.

LMFAO    

57# u, Hmm I wonder what you think is cool then.... Panic at the disco?............. BWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH HEH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHARR!!

2580 days ago
54.

BLT    

Boys boys boys....suing your manager for WHAT? because you are now broke? Do you really think you can still sell out arenas? I loved you for a long time, but I mean cmon lets get down to reality here. $8 mil in ticket sales? who came up with that figure? I love you I really do but...why are you blaming your management for your own failures. Tommy Lee goes to college wasnt that bad, "The Crue" managed to tour with that chick from Hole that was drumming for them a few years ago and managed to do just fine on tour

2580 days ago
55.

CALLMEJULS    

FACE IT GUYS YOUR OVER!!!!!!!!! THATS WHY THEY FIRED YOU! !!!!!!!!!!!

2580 days ago
56.

Haha suckers...    

Nikki Sixx is hot...suing your manager because you don't want to take responsibility for your own actons (Tommy Lee) is...NOT!

2580 days ago
57.

bambifawn    

Go Crue Go!!!!!!!
You Rock!!!

Hey no matter how much these tards here knock the crue.. You have to remember how long they have been around for.. and they can still put on a good show..

2580 days ago
58.

anthonysdreamgirl**    

Motley Crue kicked ass back in the day! I saw them in Florida a couple years back and they still kick ass!!!! ;-) And for the people who say they are old and washed up - it's called going down in history as an important part of rock and roll... Let's see how half of these "rock" bands fair in 10 or 20 years. More than half won't even be remembered. It's called rock and roll idiots...

2580 days ago
59.

whatever4    

same old same old : Aging Rock Band Gets Desperate !

TL loved the attention he got from both tv ventures; he tried to compete with his ex, Pam, for "$-for-nothing" title, so who's he to be calling someone else greedy ? And if his band had a problem with the tv shows, they would've sued HIM way back when, not now.

Whatever happened to TL's "life coach" that he professed to have been using for many years now, and that he NEVER made any decisions without checking it out first with that life coach (cuz he professed to be unable to make good judgents, "as seen on tv" on the Leno show & on the Ellen show)?? Why aren't they suing TL's life coach???

frivolous lawsuit. trying to get "$-for-nothing" again.
hey, TL: use your tv $ to remove some of those ugly-azz tats; BTW: face it - you ARE incoherent, lazy, & incompetent...add to that "stupidity, lack of good judgment, pathological lying, & ADHD". otherwise, you'd have a real job & have gotten a real education a long time ago & dealt with your character flaws of narcissism & extreme greed.. duh.

2580 days ago
60.

whatever4    

#25 - crue whores:
agreed.

don't forget about TL firing gun out of 2nd floor of his house at public/paps/passersby not too long after marrying Pam, before their sex tape was 'released', & before he beat her & killed his sons' playmate via neglect in their pool.

2580 days ago
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