Published Jun 03, 2013Stone Temple Pilots have been embroiled in legal drama as of late, as the band replaced frontman Scott Weiland with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and then sued the former singer for supposedly "violating STP's rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band's livelihood." Now, Weiland has fired back with a lawsuit of his own.
In the suit, which was filed on May 31 in the California Superior Court Los Angeles, Weiland asks [via Spin], "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?"
The complaint accuses Weiland's former STP collaborators of "clandestinely conspiring to wrongfully expel Weiland from the Band" and suggests that they are "unlikely to achieve any commercial success" without him.
Weiland is seeking in excess of $5 million in damages and $2 million per wrongful use of Stone Temple Pilots' band name, plus Weiland's legal fees.
The band recently issued a statement about their suit against Weiland, saying that he had seized an STP anniversary tour and turned it into a solo trek. They said, "We want to move forward productively, and Scott's choices and actions have prevented us from doing that."