Round Up the Lawyers: Scott Weiland Countersues Stone Temple Pilots for $5 Million
Stone Temple Pilots may have moved on and recruited Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington as their new singer, but their troubles with former frontman Scott Weiland will stretch on, it appears.
The band sued Weiland a week ago in an attempt to stop him from playing the group’s music in his solo performances. Weiland’s countersuit claims the other three group members had no right to kick him out of the group this past February, and that they are damaging his solo career. He is seeking $5 million in damages, though any awarded amount would be determined by a judge or jury.
“How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves,” states Weiland’s complaint. “You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried.”
Skip Miller, an attorney representing the rest of the band, didn’t go into details about why Weiland was fired, but does say that the singer was in the wrong.
“He’s dead wrong and he knows it,” Miller said, according to Billboard. “The band had no choice.”
The band posted a statement on the Stone Temple Pilots website further explaining the situation and why they sued Weiland in the first place.
“We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that,” said the statement. “We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did — we saw an ad for it.”