Ousted Go-Go's Bassist Sues Band over Revenue Dispute
Published May 27, 2013Back in March, the Go-Go's parted ways with longtime bassist Kathy Valentine, citing "irreconcilable differences." This split is turning out to be anything but amicable, as Valentine has now slapped the band with a lawsuit over her stake in the group.
In the complaint, which was filed on Friday (May 24) in Los Angeles Superior Court, Valentine claims that she is a one-fifth member of the band's business entities, Ladyhead LLC and Smith-Pocket Industries, Inc. Since her departure, however, the band have created a new entity called GoGoCo Corp., thereby depriving her of her 20 percent share. This allegedly reduces her stake to just 2 percent, according to the lawsuit [via WTOP 103.5 FM]. She's now seeking damages of over $1 million, with the exact number to be determined at trial.
It seems that Valentine was ousted from the band after publishing a so-called "Twitter memoir," consisting of hundreds of tweets about her career.
According to Valentine's suit she was sent a letter back in January that read, "Dear Kathy, We have decided, for a variety of reasons, including our musical differences with you and the disparaging comments you have made about the band in your Twitter memoir, that we no longer wish to work with you. Although we are parting ways, we would like to do so amicably. In that regard, we would appreciate it if you would refrain from disparaging the band in any interviews, books and social media, including twitter and Facebook, so that we do not have to pursue this legally with you. Thank you for your contributions to the band over the years, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours. Belinda, Charlotte, Gina and Jane."
Valentine maintains that her tweets were true and did disparage the band, although she reportedly apologized and has since deleted the memoir. According to her suit, the Go-Go's have endured years of in-fighting.
The Go-Go's have tour dates with the Psychedelic Furs and the B-52s, respectively, in the coming months. See the schedule here.