Linkin Park Fight Back Against Ex-Bassist Asking For More Money: ‘It’s Too Late’

Linkin Park is fighting back against their former bassist’s legal actions.

Earlier, the former bassist Kyle Christner sued his former band for several reasons, including not getting any money for his contributions.

In a recent motion filed on March 5, seeking dismissal of the case, lawyers representing Mike Shinoda and other members of Linkin Park argue that Kyle Christner’s lawsuit is ‘rife with defects.’ They claim that one of these defects is that the statute of limitations on such claims has ‘long since passed.’ The band’s lead counsel Edwin F. McPherson wrote:

“Plaintiff claims that defendants … owe him money because he was a member of the band for, at most, eight months, 25 years ago, and was not paid for his ‘contributions.’ He asserts three claims, each of which fails.”

The band’s lawyer added:

“Defendants repudiated Plaintiff’s purported ownership in any and all of the works mentioned in the [lawsuit] more than three years before Plaintiff filed this lawsuit — and indeed for over two decades.”

The Details Of The Lawsuit

Christner asserted that he did not receive any royalties or credits for the band’s 1999 ‘Hybrid Theory’ album. According to the case filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Kyle Christner claimed he had not received ‘a penny’ for his contributions, and he believed his bandmates had gained from his work.

Eventually, he urged a federal judge to resolve the issues surrounding ownership and authorship of over 20 tracks. The lawsuit alleges that one of the band’s managers contacted Christner in April of the previous year, stating that he owed royalties for three demos and the six-song ‘Hybrid Theory EP,’ included in the rap-metal group’s 20th-anniversary box set released in 2020.

Additionally, the band’s other members ‘abruptly’ told Christner in October 1999 that he was no longer a member of the band, according to the lawsuit.

Along with Machine Shop and Warner Records, Linkin Park members Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, and Joseph Hahn were named as defendants.