Chris Fehn would still be in Slipknot if was up to him, lawyer says
It came to light more than a week ago that Fehn was suing Slipknot for the time he spent touring.
Following the lawsuit, the band announced Fehn was out of the group.
“Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6 and our upcoming shows around the world—our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life. Long live the knot,” they wrote on their website.
Since then, Fehn’s lawsuit has been made public, giving us more insight into his claims.
He is suing for two counts of “breach of fiduciary duty,” one count of “unjust enrichment” and one count of “breach of implied in fact contract.”
Fehn’s lawsuit is against two different versions of Slipknot, Inc., both in New York and Los Angeles. It’s also against Knot Merch LLC, Knot Touring LLC, SK Productions, LLC; Knot Touring LLC, M. Shawn Crahan(Clown), lead singer Corey Taylor, manager Robert Shore and Shore’s law firm, Rob Shore & Associates, Inc.
The lawsuit also reveals that when he joined Slipknot in 1998 at will, he “reposed trust and confidence in the fidelity and integrity of Crahan and Taylor to operate the Slipknot general partnership for the mutual benefit of the partners.”
It goes on to say he was unaware of the other Slipknot companies that were created and made money.
You can read all of Fehn’s claims in the full document here.
Now, one of Fehn’s attorneys, Joseph Dunne, has commented on the suit. He says that Fehn learned of the other entities of the band recently during negotiations about the band’s upcoming album and tour.
"He thought everyone was being treated equally," Dunne told the Des Moines Register. "My client really is just hoping to figure out a way to work this out with the people he's worked side by side with for the last 20 years."
Dunne also said that there has been no official change in Fehn’s employment with the band. He added that if it was up to the former percussionist, he’d still be in the band.
The band also recently announced a massive North American tour. The band hasn’t commented on if someone will fill in for Fehn.
The Knotfest Roadshow North American tour kicks off this July with support from Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. Tickets are on sale now, and you can check out a list of dates below.
07/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
08/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
08/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/06 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
08/08 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
08/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fairgrounds*
08/11 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/12 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
08/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
08/18 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/20 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
08/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/23 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
08/24 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/27 – Mansfield, MA @ The Xfinity Center
08/28 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/31 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
09/01 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/03 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/04 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/06 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
09/08 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
*Iowa State Fair – Slipknot & Gojira only
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