Mick Mars‘ legal war with his former band, Mötley Crüe, is set to play out in court, for all to see — but the Crüe is making a move to take it behind closed doors, despite Mick’s protests.
According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Mötley Crüe is asking a judge to send this case — kick-started by Mick’s lawsuit in April — into arbitration, where they say it belongs.
In their filing, attorneys for MC say several different entities have been created over the years to handle varying aspects of the band’s biz — things like touring and recording — and those agreements contain binding arbitration clauses.
Translation: All grievances that might come up among members, must be handled in private arbitration, instead of airing them out in public courts
You’ll recall … this battle is all about Mick, their longtime guitarist, claiming the Crüe unfairly and unjustly cut him out of touring and his share of tour profits … after Mick was diagnosed with a debilitating bone disease.
The band’s called BS, arguing they were actually trying to do him a solid based on his condition, and even tried to give him fair compensation … but they say Mick’s going about this the wrong way by filing a lawsuit
Bottom line is … Mötley Crüe’s asking the judge to send the matter to arbitration.
Not just that, but the band is also asking the court to strike several statements Mick made in his suit — several of which contain damning allegations about ex-bandmates, including claims of substance abuse and physical violence which they call totally irrelevant to Mick’s case. They believe he included them purely “for purposes of character assassination.”
As for Mick — his lawyer, Ed McPherson, tells TMZ … “This is yet another attempt by bullies to hide the truth!”