Motley Crue Sued for $30 Million by Former Opening Act
You'd think touring with Mötley Crüe would be a pretty great opportunity for a young band, but at least one of the acts that joined them on the road feels differently — and has filed a lawsuit to settle the score.
The New York Post reports that Logan and Roger Raskin, who perform as the Raskins, are suing the members of Mötley Crüe for assorted acts of alleged harmful conduct during their dates opening for the band on their 2014 tour. The suit lists a litany of what the Post describes as "hazing," as well as a number of unfavorable conditions encountered by the Raskins.
According to papers filed in Manhattan's Supreme Court, the Raskins were frequently forced to perform for minimal crowds because Crüe management wouldn't open the doors to the venue on time. They also allege that their sound mix was often tampered with (or simply turned off), that they were physically struck with gear and that they were denied dressing rooms or the ability to sell merchandise at the shows.
The most outlandish story in the $30 million lawsuit seems to stem from their show in Darien, Conn., where they accuse Crüe crew of taking the stage in monkey masks during the Raskins' set and spraying the band with "water guns filled with urine." Adding insult to injury, the Raskins say they paid $1 million for the privilege of joining the tour.
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