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Mötley Crüe are suing their manager over claims he made frontman Tommy Lee
look "lazy and incompetent".
The band say manager Carl Stubner tarnished their image by advising the
rocker to appear in reality TV shows 'Tommy Lee Goes to College' and 'Rock
They claim the "inane overtones" on 'Tommy Lee Goes to College' made him
look "incoherent, lazy and incompetent".
According to court documents, the program portrayed Tommy disrupting
classes, arriving late for classes and allegedly flirting with his young
The band feel the show damaged the reputation Tommy had earned "through
years of great effort and hard work with Mötley Crüe".
It has also been alleged Tommy's participation in the shows interfered with
the band's 2005 tour and plans to record a new studio album, resulting in
their annual revenue dropping to $19million in 2006.
The band say Stubner and his company, Sanctuary Management Group,
concentrated on Tommy's less-successful side projects and ignored the group'
In the lawsuit, Mötley Crüe say: "Stubner's motivation was greed. He has
brazenly said as much. Stubner stated that he received significantly higher
commissions on Tommy Lee's solo projects because he did not have to share
his take with the other managers."
"He claimed that it was a 'no brainer' to prefer and promote Tommy's
projects over those of Mötley Crüe."
The rockers are asking for more than $20 million in damages for breach of
fiduciary duty and constructive fraud.