Mötley Crüe Demand Private Arbitration After Mick Mars’ Allegations

Mick Mars‘ legal battle with his former band, Mötley Crüe, is ready to play out in public court. However, according to TMZ, the band is asking the judge behind closed doors to send the matter to arbitration instead of airing everything out for everyone to see.

Besides keeping the details in-house, the band also asked the court to strike several statements Mick made in his suit. These statements included damaging allegations about ex-bandmates, including claims of substance abuse and physical violence. It was also revealed that Mötley Crüe believe Mars included those claims in his lawsuit purely ‘for purposes of character assassination.’

Against Motley Crue’s attempts to arbitrate and strike out several statements from the lawsuit, Mars’ lawyer Ed McPherson told TMZ:

“This is yet another attempt by bullies to hide the truth!”

The guitarist’s decision to take things to court and file a lawsuit in the first place against his former bandmates stemmed from the guys allegedly trying to out him from the band’s profits. In an interview with Variety, Mars had said:

That’s an insult to me that they’re offering me that. No. It’s my name. It’s Mick Mars; it’s Mötley Crüe, the four of us that made the band. You would have to have a good reason to be fired. I don’t. I could come back with this and say, ‘Hey, you know what? I’m going to counter because you a**holes are felons. You (Lee) for spousal abuse; you (Neil) for manslaughter.’ I’m not doing that.”

You can read the TMZ piece here and the Variety interview here.