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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.

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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Who's Motley Crue?

2652 days ago


to the person who commented on the crue being wrinkled and
that they look scary in the morning, have you even seen the crue these days? aside from mick who's ill the rest of the group looks amazing for their age, nikki sixx is nearly 50 and looks younger than alot of the so called "young men" on the scene today not to mention he's far more talented than most of them combined considering respected artists from different genres collaborate with him, people like meatloaf, tim mcgraw, saliva etc.

2652 days ago

Standards are badly needed.    

wisegirl - Sixties and seventies rock snobbery is erroneous here. I thought so too, (fluff) until I seriously listened to Motley Crue albums in their entirety. I no longer wrote them off as fluff musically. They were one of the best for what they do. They just veered away from self-indulgent 18 minute songs like Floyd or Tull, or indulgent head space drum/vocal solos like Zepp. They DID basically stick to song length suitable for radio air play, as was done and advised in the day even thought they were too metal for much mainstream airplay, but their tunes have an energy and distinct style that IMHO definitely sets them apart as Crue. They were far better than most of the common hair bands. Not correct to categorize them as such just because it was 'around that time'.

2652 days ago


crue blows needs to tighten the strap on his helmet, the crue have released two full length albums in the last 10 years and they've been around since 81', you're uncanny ability to prove how retarded you are is what's really evident, obviously you have no idea what you're talking about so you probably shouldn't comment.

2652 days ago


NO ONE could "force" Tommy Lee to do ANYTHING. PLEASE. And how is he a member of a lawsuit that says my solo career jeopardized my band career so I'm entitled to money. You can't sue yourself (I know he's suing management but it's in essence the same thing because he's saying HIS action negatively affected HIM and so HE's been damaged).

Mismanagement of funds is one thing. But "stellar reputation"? Come on. And Vince has another reality show and another solo cd coming out. Nikki has solo stuff coming out. If no one likes those projects will they revise the complaint?

2652 days ago


dude, the crue hasn't release a "full album" since New Tattoo. Re-releasing songs with one new song or two isn't a "full album"

2652 days ago


dude, the crue hasn't release a "full album" since New Tattoo. Re-releasing songs with one new song or two isn't a "full album"

2652 days ago


Never was a big fan of this band.

2651 days ago

800 pound gorilla fart    

Harv has turned into an egotist. These storylines are lame . The censors are going hog wild because now everyone is giving harv payola to kill bad bloggers . This site is lame and a shame . Don't insult PAmela Anderson --MONEY !! And sure as hell don't be funnier than the lame writers who drink voodka then write this crap . I'm outa ' here . TMZ SUCKS !!

2651 days ago

800 pound gorilla fart    


2651 days ago


#13 Sandra: you're a stripper who does private parties on boats, yet you are surprised when the men there have no respect for women? Hmmmm ..... does anybody else see a connection between those two things?

2649 days ago


They sucked in the 80's,so why would anyone want to hear them now???????????

2649 days ago


Because Tommy Lee has been a higher profile and kept himself in the spotlight for the past 10 years (due to his management) has made this band still relevant today. If not for Tommy Lee, Motley Crue would be long forgotten and touring clubs instead of arenas. The band should really drop their egos, look at the past 10 years and then quickly drop this stupid lawsuit.

2647 days ago

Long Live Scotty J!    

Crue was cool, but Tommy Lee is a bigger brand name now. This ought to be interesting, it looks in a lot of ways like Tommy Lee's manager did do as alleged, he did what was best for Tommy. If Tommy didn't feel this was in his best interest, I am sure he would be in the studio recording a new crue album or on tour supporting it somewhere. Only the Palms Security can stop T Lee!

The reunion tour was neat to go see, but it wasn't the crue of old. Can't believe it did 30M!

Its interesting theres no mention of Vinces reality show...

2567 days ago
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