Published Jan 28, 2016Former Roots bassist Leonard "Hub" Hubbard has filed a lawsuit against old bandmates Questlove and Black Thought, claiming the band owe him money as a "co-owner."
Hubbard had left the band in 2007 after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, but reportedly made a deal with the Roots that left him a "co-owner." TMZ reports that the bassist has now filed suit against Questlove, Black Thought and the band's current manager, while the suit explains that a former manager had apparently sent Hubbard a letter in 2014 that threatened to cut off his health insurance and take away his share of band revenue.
Hubbard had played with the Roots since 1992, recording seven full-lengths with the band, up to and including 2006's Game Theory. He left the project two years ahead of them becoming the house band for late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, first on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and now on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.