Ex-Manager Sues Halford, Priest For £Millions
Rob Halford’s ex-manager is suing his former client and the rest of Judas Priest for $50 million (£32.5 million) – just months after he controversially called the band’s managers “leeches”.
John Baxter, who had worked with Halford since 1982, was dismissed in August after he posted comments on the singer’s website, calling into question the behaviour of Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, and speculating on discontent within the band linked to the departure of Priest co-founder KK Downing at the end of 2010.
Baxter’s website comments (which were later deleted) questioned “the professional and ethical conduct” of Priest’s management team, calling both Jayne Andrews and Bill Curbishley of the Trinifold Group “leeches”.
Baxter was subsequently sacked via a lawyer’s letter which accused him of trying to prevent Halford from touring the US by withdrawing his sponsorship of the singer’s work visa.
Now the former manager says he’s owed millions as a result of breached contracts.