TED NUGENT Lawsuit Lands In Muskegon County Court

August 11, 2004

John S. Hausman of The Muskegon Chronicle is reporting that Ted Nugent's defamation lawsuit against Muskegon Summer Celebration has, as expected, found its way to a Muskegon County court.

The guitarist's case over the cancellation of a 2003 concert landed this week in the lap of Muskegon's 14th Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks. Last month, a Jackson County judge ordered the case transferred from that county because the dispute arose in Muskegon County.

Nugent initially filed a federal case in Grand Rapids, but both sides agreed it was a state issue. His lawyers then filed in Jackson County, alleging his reputation was damaged and he and manager Doug Banker of Washtenaw County suffered financially.

Summer Celebration officials canceled a contract with Nugent to perform last summer after a pair of disc jockeys in Denver claimed he made a racial slur in a radio interview May 5, 2003.

The DJs cut short the live interview, which was conducted by phone.

A Denver newspaper reported Nugent used "derogatory racial terms for Asians and blacks." The story was carried by The Associated Press and national radio and television outlets.

Nugent said the statements were "falsely attributed" to him and counter to what he stands for. Some Muskegon-area citizens protested his appearance, Summer Celebration officials claimed. Read more.

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