The Crue Sues. Motley Crue claims Carl Stubner mismanaged Tommy Lee’s Career, damaged the Motley Crue brand, and diverted revenue…….
Motley Crue filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court charging that one of its managers, Carl Stubner, who also represents the bandâ€™s drummer Tommy Lee, orchestrated a campaign of â€œself dealingâ€ to â€œdivert revenueâ€ from the Band; the suit states that the Defendants â€œpromoted Leeâ€™s solo activities to the detriment of the Band, and at the same time, mismanaged Leeâ€™s career so as to harm the Motley Crue brand
and Leeâ€™s reputation as a musician and Band member.â€
Named as defendants in addition to Stubner are three companies heâ€™s associated with: Carl Stubner Productions, Inc., Sanctuary Group, Inc. and Sanctuary Artist Management, Inc. Neither Tommy Lee nor the Bandâ€™s other managers, Allen Kovac/Tenth Street Entertainment and Bert Stein, are defendants.
The lawsuit states: â€œStubnerâ€™s motivation was greed. He has brazenly said as much. Stubner stated that he received significantly higher commissions on Leeâ€™s solo projects because he did not have to share his take with the other managers. He claimed that it was a â€˜no brainerâ€™ to promote Leeâ€™s projects over those of Motley Crue. Because favoring Leeâ€™s personal interests to the Bandâ€™s was such a â€˜no brainer,â€™ Stubner stated that he would only make Lee available for tour dates if the Band and the other two managers agreed to increase his commission quotient. Stubner also demanded 100 tickets per show for free which he then resold at â€˜scalperâ€™ prices.â€
The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of more than $20 million for lost earnings, lost profits and diminished brand and goodwill value resulting from the Defendantsâ€™ actions. The lawsuit also requests punitive damages because, as claimed in the lawsuit, the defendantsâ€™ â€œdespicableâ€ actions were undertaken â€œfraudulently, maliciously and oppressively.â€ (Business Wire)