Published May 06, 2009As we reported yesterday, former Wilco member Jay Bennett has started some legal beef with his old front-man, Jeff Tweedy. According to court papers filed Monday, Bennett is alleging that he's owed unpaid royalties from his work with the band and his unsanctioned appearance in the 2002 Wilco documentary, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, leading him to now seek at least $50,000 in damages. Well, Tweedy has responded and it appears he's as baffled by all this as we are.
In an email to Paste magazine sent through Tweedy's publicist, he says: "I know exactly as much as everyone else does. I've read the news and I honestly have no idea what these claims are based on. It was such a long time ago. Aside from everything else, I'm being sued for not paying someone for appearing in a movie I didn't produce. Go figure. I am truly sad it has come to this. I am equally convinced, however, that I have done nothing wrong and that this will be handled fairly and swiftly."
To check out the complete text of the lawsuit, you can click here.
In more positive Wilco news, the band's upcoming Wilco (The Album) has been given the release date of June 30, according to Billboard.