CRO-MAGS frontman John Joseph has denied that the band is suing its founder, Harley Flanagan, over an incident in New York City on July 6, 2012 when Harley allegedly attacked two members of the group's current lineup during the CBGB Festival.
According to the New York Post, Michael Couls and William Berardo are suing Harley in civil court, claiming that he slashed Berardo in the left eye with a five-inch hunting knife and bit Couls' arm. Also named in the lawsuit is the East Village venue Webster Hall where the event was held.
"The uninvited defendant, Harley Flanagan, gained access to the VIP area because the hall failed to hire sufficiently trained security personal to protect the plaintiffs," the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges.
In a posting on the band's Facebook page, Joseph writes (via Lambgoat): "The CRO-MAGS aren't suing anyone so get your f*cking fax straight people... our part-time fill in bass player is suing Webster Hall for his hospital bills. The CRO-MAGS aren't suing anyone. I don't give two fux about all this but when you outright post bullshit I'm gonna speak on it."
Flanagan was initially charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident, but those charges were eventually dropped.
New York Natives last year published an interview with Flanagan in which Harley claimed that he was invited to the Webster Hall gig and had a VIP pass which he used to enter the venue. He said he went there with "the best of intentions" hoping to mend years of bickering and make the fans happy. After he was invited to the backstage dressing room, he said that instead of being welcomed, as he expected to be, he was jumped by a group of men.