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Slipknot business manager and ex-percussionist spar over ongoing lawsuit

By | Published on Monday 15 July 2019

Ex-Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn has asked a judge to keep the band’s business manager listed as a defendant on the lawsuit he is pursuing against his former bandmates.

Fehn, who had been a member of Slipknot since 1998, sued the band earlier this year. He claims that he previously believed that all of the band’s touring and merch income was channelled through one company and then divided up among band members.

However, he says, he more recently discovered that some of his bandmates – including frontman Corey Taylor and fellow percussionist Shawn Crahan – have set up other companies to receive some of this money, which he believes he is due a cut of.

Among the defendants on the lawsuit is Slipknot’s business manager Robert Shore. He recently filed a motion to dismiss, seeking to have himself removed from the litigation.

But, Fehn has argued in a new legal filing, Shore and his company had fiduciary obligations to him personally, which the manager allegedly failed to meet when setting up systems that favoured other members of the band, depriving him of his share of all the money.

For his part, Shore quickly submitted his own new legal filing with the court, arguing that Fehn hadn’t responded to any of the arguments in his motion to dismiss, instead just re-presenting his original claims. Therefore, the manager reckons, his motion to dismiss should be allowed to proceed unhindered.

With Shore’s motion, Fehn’s response to that motion, and Shore’s response to Fehn’s response, now all filed, the judge hearing the case needs to decide how to proceed.

Though, it is worth noting, the motion to dismiss only relates to Shore’s direct involvement in the lawsuit, and not Fehn’s claims against his former bandmates. So even if the judge does remove Shore from the case, the wider litigation will still proceed.

So, plenty of Slipknot-style litigious funtimes are still ahead.