Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil must pay $170K in fees from assault case
The lawsuit was brought on by a woman named Kelly Guerrero, who claimed the singers assaulted her outside of a Las Vegas hotel three years ago.
After she asked for an autograph, Neil allegedly grabbed her hair and dragged her to the ground.
Guerrero sustained "severe injuries, including neck pain, lower back pain, a fractured tailbone, and a hip injury,” according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
Neil first pleaded not guilty, and then later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery.
His lawyers, Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in the cast filed documents accusing him of not paying close to $190,000. The firm kept working on his case despite being unpaid, until this week.
A judge has now ordered Neil to pay $148,962.50 in unpaid legal fees and $21,207.06 in outstanding court fees. His total dues are $170,169.56.
Neil has accused his lawyers of overbilling him due to his “celebrity status” in the past. However, now he will be required to pay the fees.
Other Mötley Crüe news
A few weeks ago, the Reelz documentary series “Breaking The Band” aired an episode on the history of the band, and both Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx spoke out.
Neil first posted a photo on Instagram before the show even aired.
“Just seen this add [sic]. Never seen the show but I hope it’s accurate. Tune in,” he wrote.
He then gave a full review, which was not exactly positive.
“Breaking the band, fucking memories from a manager Doug Thaler who can’t remember that he’s the one who actually broke up the band,” he begins. The band didn’t break up because of me racing. It broke up because he was (too) much of a pussy who didn’t just say, ‘hey guys let’s take a week off and come back with cooler heads.’”
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“He called me an hour later and said I was out of the band! Great Management!!! What he didn’t say was instead of me going racing I put out a top 10 single with ‘Your Invited’ oops he forgot! Then an album called Exposed! Oops forgot again! No wonder he was fired shortly after.”
He is referring to his 1992 departure from the band and the way Reelz portrayed it.
Sixx then took to Twitter to talk about the episode.
“Breaking the band was not authorized by Mötley Crüe. Our lawyers sent them a cease-and-desist and further action will be taken.@ReelzChannel Is the bottom of the barrel,” he first wrote.
“Should @ReelzChannel be liable for putting out shows without so many artist approval? I am very disappointed that they think they can tell our LIFE story just to sell advertising ( mostly incorrect ) and without any bodies permission,” he continued.
As previously stated, the biopic The Dirt, which is based on the group memoir of the same name, just hit Netflix. The success of the movie has caused young people to become especially interested with the band.
The band are celebrating a 64 percent increase in Spotify streams over the last month from 18 to 34-year-olds, according to Variety.
The Dirt sparked so much interest it is now the highest audience rated Netflix film on Rotten Tomatoes. In light of their massive re-growth, the band released a video piecing together interview clips, live footage and stats about the film.
In that time, Crüe tracks have been streamed 73.8 million times on Spotify and nearly 30 million times on Apple Music.
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The movie’s soundtrack charted No. 1 on iTunes’ all genres chart in both the U.S. and Sweden and on rock charts elsewhere.
The band’s manager, Alan Kovac, says the movie “is bringing Motley’s music into the homes, universities dorms and handheld devices of the streaming generation, some of which only knew Motley Crue as a cool t-shirt.”
The band are enjoying success in all aspects of their enterprise, from the movie to the music and more. The Dirt also sent the autobiography it’s based off near the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list. They’ve also seen the film’s soundtrack hit the Billboard 200’s top 10 and an enormous spike in streaming.
While Mötley Crüe have been enjoying their success, they’ve had to deal with claims their story is embellished.
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee claims the infamous scene where Ozzy snorts ants isn’t entirely accurate. The guitarist says the urine-licking part of the story is real, but the Prince of Darkness didn’t snort ants.
Lee also claimed Mötley Crüe tried to replace guitarist Mick Mars because he was “better looking” and “better [at] playing.”
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx called out the guitarist saying Lee was just trying to get attention from their success. Sixx also shot down the claim they tried to replace Mars, calling it a “make-believe story.”
Despite all of the controversy the film has caused, it’s undeniable how successful it’s been. You can watch the full video breakdown of The Dirt‘s success below.
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