Mick Mars’ legal battle with his former band, Mötley Crüe, is set to go public. According to TMZ, the band is asking the judge behind closed doors to send the case to arbitration rather than exposing everything out in public. Aside from keeping the circumstances private, the band also requested that the court strike many assertions made by Mick in his suit.
These remarks made derogatory assertions about ex-bandmates, including allegations of substance misuse and physical violence. It was also disclosed that Mötley Crüe believes Mars made such assertions in his complaint solely ‘for the sake of character assassination.’ Mars’ lawyer Ed McPherson told TMZ in response to Motley Crue’s attempts to arbitrate and strike out several phrases from the lawsuit: “This is yet another attempt by bullies to hide the truth!” The guitarist’s decision to go to court and file a lawsuit against his former colleagues originated from the guys reportedly attempting to exclude him from the band’s income. Mars stated in an interview with Variety: “It’s an insult to me that they’re providing that to me. No.
This is my name. It’s Mick Mars, Mötley Crüe, the four of us who formed the band. To be fired, you’d have to have a solid reason. I don’t. I could respond with something like, ‘Hey, you know what? Because you a**holes are felons, I’m going to respond. You (Lee) for domestic violence; you (Neil) for manslaughter.’ I’m not going to do that.” The TMZ item can be found here, and the Variety interview can be found here.