March 20, 2008

E! Online reports that MTLEY CRE bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars have tentatively settled a lawsuit against Carl Stubner, the manager of the band's drummer Tommy Lee, whom they accused of orchestrating a campaign of "self dealing" to "divert revenue" from the group.

In CRE's original lawsuit, which was filed on June 18, 2007 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, three of the group's founding members (Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars) through Motley Crue Inc., claimed Stubner forced Tommy Lee to "to become engaged in 'reality' projects that were bad career moves for Lee, harming [Sixx, Mars, Neil and Lee], the MTLEY CRE brand and Lee's own image." The suit called the low-rated NBC show "Tommy Lee Goes to College" a "critical disappointment and a ratings disaster," adding it painted Lee as "incoherent, lazy and incompetent" and made him "look like a laughing stock who could not carry a drum beat." The suit also claims Lee's participation on "Rock Star: Supernova" "diminished the public's interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents."

Because Lee was so busy doing reality TV, the band says he was unavailable to tour with the CRE, thus causing the cancellation of several key concert dates. The band claims that they lost $8 million in ticket and merchandise revenue because of Lee's scheduling conflicts. The band claims these conflicts were "both real and concocted" by Stubner to "leverage his control over Lee to his financial advantage and to MTLEY CRE and Lee's detriment."

According to a two-page settlement agreement, a request for dismissal will be filed by May 31 based on the successful completion of the undisclosed terms arrived at by the warring parties. A hearing scheduled for Friday has been canceled.

A judge had ordered Sixx and Mars to amend their complaint with more evidence of wrongdoing before the lawsuit could go further.

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