Flavor Flav suing Chuck D over royalties and merchandise

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RAP legend Flavor Flav is suing his Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, claiming he is owed royalties and proceeds from merchandise sales.

Flavor Flav, real name William Drayton, lodged the lawsuit against Chuck D, real name Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, as well as various others, in Los Angeles on Tuesday. 

He says his payments from merchandising and live shows from management firm Eastlink have “diminished to almost nothing”. He claims he has not received regular royalty statements from publisher Reach Global Songs, manager Clifton Johnson and business executives for “several years”.

The lawsuit also alleges his voice and image were used on latest album Nothing Is Quick In The Desert without his consent and he was not paid in full.

Flavor Flav, 58, who has gone on to become a reality TV star, claims he has had a long-standing agreement with Chuck D, 57, that any profits from Public Enemy would be shared.

He is suing for damages and legal costs as well as copyright registration over his contribution to the band.

They formed the band in Long Island in 1986 and released hits such as Fight The Power, Rebel Without A Pause and Don’t Believe The Hype. Flavor Flav, known for wearing a large clock around his neck, acted as “court jester” to Chuck D’s serious persona, says the lawsuit.

Public Enemy were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013.

The story was broken by US website TMZ. Responding to news of the lawsuit, Chuck D said today on Twitter: “If I had a issue with Flavor I sure as hell wouldn’t go to TMZ. Based on the folks he’s working with they think it’s a surefire answer.”


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