Ghost profits lawsuit appealed by former members gets 2020 hearing
Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, aka Papa Emeritus, won a lawsuit against his former bandmates in October of 2018. The lawsuit, which was filed in April of 2017, alleged that Forge cheated the members out of their rightful share of the profits made while with the band.
In addition, the former members were also ordered to pay Forge's legal fees (around $146,000) and are now appealing the court's decision. The appeal will be heard in March of 2020.
The previous lawsuit alleged that an agreed partnership existed between the members of Ghost, Forge included. All members performed anonymously, including Forge. In fact, Forge was only forced to reveal his identity during the lawsuit after performing as Papa Emeritus previously.
Forge stated that "no legal partnership" ever existed between him and the other members. Then, the Ghost frontman responded that they were basically session musicians and were paid a salary to reflect such roles.
The former members of Ghost, have reportedly spent over $320,000 on this lawsuit already; which has to show some investment in the cause.
"I had a situation that urgently told me to salvage the situation and reclaim what is mine and also justify that it was mine to begin with," Forge said to the Pulse of the Radio regarding the lawsuit. "It's just growing pains, and all this has just been — it's the result of things going well, not the opposite."
Ghost's most recent album is Prequelle and is streaming on all major platforms. Ghost is also currently on tour and tickets can be purchased here. Dates are shown below.
09/19 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Auditorium
09/21 – Penticton, BC @ So. Okanagan Events Centre
09/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
09/24 – Calgary, AB @ The Corral
09/26 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
09/27 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
09/28 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center*
09/30 – Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch
10/01 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmoor World Arena
10/03 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
10/04 – Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena*
10/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
10/07 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
10/08 – Moline, IL @ TaxSlayer Centre
10/10 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
10/11 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/12 – Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 Festival
10/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex Arena
10/15 – Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center
10/17 – Hailton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
10/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Richcraft Tire Center
10/19 – Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
10/21 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
10/22 – Syracuse, NY @ The Oncenter
10/24 – Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center
10/25 – Trenton, NJ @ Cure Insurance Arena
10/26 – Glens Falls, NY @Cool Insuring Arena
* No Nothing More
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