The attorney for former SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn says that he was forced to take legal action against his former bandmates because he was unable to get information about a number of SLIPKNOT-related businesses.
On March 13, the 46-year-old Fehn sued SLIPKNOT‘s leaders, vocalist Corey Taylor and percussionist Michael Shawn Crahan; the band’s manager, Robert Shore; and six businesses, claiming they created the entities without his knowledge. He also says that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group.
One of Fehn‘s attorneys, Joseph Dunne, said Fehn learned of the other businesses during negotiations about the band’s upcoming sixth studio album and accompanying 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.
“There is a lot of information out there that our client has not been able to see,” Dunne said.
In his lawsuit, Fehn claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other SLIPKNOT-affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band.
Fehn says he was unaware of the separate companies, and claims to have never received a dime from them. He specifically accuses band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of shady business dealings.