Mötley Crüe Manager Accuses Mick Mars Legal Team of “Elder Abuse”
The Mötley Crüe dispute keeps heating up, as the band’s manager accused former guitarist Mick Mars‘ attorneys of elder abuse relating to the lawsuit filed against the band last week.
In the lawsuit, Mars alleged that the other members of Mötley Crüe asked him to sign a deal that would make his 25% stake in the band a 5% stake on their 2023 touring schedule. According to the suit, that stake would become 0%. He then said in the lawsuit that they went the route of arbitration “rather than a public lawsuit so that the public would not be aware of the deplorable manner in which they treated their ‘brother’ of 41 years.” It was also alleged that bassist Nikki Sixx uses a pre-recorded track when playing live and that he gaslit Mars about the musician’s guitar skills, which he claimed were getting worse.
Here’s where it gets worse: Allen Kovac, the Crüe’s longtime manager of almost three decades, gave an interview to Variety, where he alleged that this is a smear campaign that he claims has been orchestrated by Mars’ legal representation, which he says constitutes “elder abuse.”
“He’s attacked the band, and he’s done it in a slanderous way, with false accusations and misrepresenting the facts to the fans. Mick is not the victim. The victims are Mötley Crüe and the brand, which Mick is so prideful of. What’s upsetting to me is not Mick, but his representatives, who have guided Mick to say and do harmful things to the brand he cares about so much, Mötley Crüe. He has a degenerative disease and people are taking advantage of him. It’s called elder abuse.”
Kovac also says that he’s not going to turn people against Mars and that Mötley Crüe have been nothing but kind and generous to him.
“Mick’s representatives have no idea what they’ve created, but I’ve stopped the band from speaking about this, so they’re not gonna turn the fans against Mick. But I am going to make sure that people understand that Mick hasn’t been treated badly. In fact, he was treated better than anyone else in the band, and they carried him and they saved his life.”
Mars suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a painful and degenerative form of arthritis which led him to retire from touring last year.