Weiland countersues STP for $5m
Scott Weiland has countersued Stone Temple Pilots for $5m, alleging his former bandmates have attempted to subvert the outfit’s legacy.
He was fired in February and Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz last month resurfaced with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in his place.
Weiland had previously insisted it was impossible to remove him from the band, saying paperwork was in place that prevented it from happening. Even after his ex-colleagues launched a lawsuit against him – saying he’d hijacked a planned anniversary tour and turned it into a solo project – he told fans he hoped they had a future together.
Now it’s been revealed he’s filed his own legal papers, saying: “How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?
“You don’t – but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried.”
He argues that an agreement between them means they’re not allowed to use the name if he’s not present, and says he tried on several occasions to discuss things with them but was ignored.
STP last week said the purpose of their lawsuit was not to hurt Weiland, and that they wished him well.