Five Finger Death Punch Respond To Prospect Park Lawsuit
April 27, 2016 at 11:54 AM (PT)
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has responded to the recent lawsuit filed by PROSPECT PARK, which it calls "the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO JEFF KWATINETZ to extract money from and wield power against the band."
The missive goes on to state: "We fired PROSPECT PARK management four years ago in an effort to escape an arrangement that more resembled indentured servitude. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's recordings are now one of PROSPECT PARK's last remaining and most valuable assets still under contract.
"FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is prepared to record and deliver the final album this year under its recording agreement, but instead of allowing us to record, PROSPECT PARK has chosen to sue us, hold us for ransom and squeeze extra money out of its contract rights by attempting to sell an interest in future recordings. What's worse is that PROSPECT PARK very deliberately filed their meritless lawsuit the same week we are trying put our Fall co-headlining arena tour on sale."
In response to PROSPECT PARK's lawsuit, which states the band "has plateaued and its sound is stale," FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH quote KWATINETZ calling their most recent album, "Got Your Six," as the band's "best yet."
The band goes on to claim PROSPECT PARK "does not want us to record our next album with KEVIN CHURKO," who has produced the last five of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's six albums. The group also claims PROSPECT PARK "HAS repeatedly failed to pay Mr. CHURKO on time."
The band's lead singer, IVAN MOODY, has recently, according to the group, "successfully addressed his issues in a rehabilitation facility," then added, "Never once did PROSPECT PARK MANAGEMENT or RECORDINGS support any efforts to get him sober, preferring the band continue making albums and touring."
We are confident that the evidence will expose the allegations in PROSPECT PARK's complaint as completely meritless and that the band will recover substantial damages and be released from any further obligations to PROSPECT PARK based on the cross-complaint that we intend to file. – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH