A new report from the Des Moines Register has more word on Chris Fehn‘s lawsuit against members of his now former band, Slipknot. That lawsuit was filed on March 13th, 2019 and led to Fehn being ousted from the group earlier this week. It primarily finds Fehn seeking access to a full accounting of the band’s business infrastructure.
According to Fehn the band had been operating on a general partnership, but it was only during negotiations for their upcoming sixth album (out August 09th) that he learned that several other entities had been setup by members of the band over the years as well.
According to Fehn‘s lawyer Joseph Dunne, Fehn was unaware of the existence of these entities with one of the other Slipknot related businesses, Slipknot CA, having previously applied for the trademarks of the band without his knowledge/consent.
He alleged in the suit that frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan were behind some of these entities and that they, along with the band’s business manager Rob Shore, had been profiting off of the band’s trademarks on their own without benefiting the general partnership that existed between the band’s members.
Dunne told the Des Moines Register of his client’s view on the business arrangement they had:
“He thought everyone was being treated equally. 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 went on to say that if it were up to Fehn he would still be a member of the band, later offering “There is a lot of information out there that our client has not been able to see.”
In addition to seeking records of the band’s accounting from its inception until present, Fehn is also seeking to establish a band related trust that would benefit both him and the band’s general partnership.