Family of Late KISS Drummer Eric Carr Denies Involvement in Lawsuit
Yesterday (March 11), we reported that the heirs to late KISS drummer Eric Carr‘s estate had filed a lawsuit against KISS for “untold payments,” according to an article in the New York Post. The supposed heirs were originally labelled as members of Carr’s family, but according to an attorney representing the family, the lawsuit was filed by “a non-related third party.”
KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have been targeted by the party which filed the suit, demanding $4,000 from a 1989 receipt sent to Carr from KISS Co. along with between a 5 and 50 percent cut on songs ‘Breakout,’ ‘Carr Jam 1981,’ ‘Carr Jam 1991′ and ‘Little Caesar,’ all of which Carr composed for KISS.
“It came to our attention through a variety of different media outlets that a legal proceeding was filed against the band KISS purporting to be on behalf of the ‘The Estate of Eric Carr’ and the ‘late KISS drummer’s heirs,'” reads an official statement released to Blabbermouth from Carr family attorney Mark Abbattista. “This proceeding was filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorization or consent of anyone in the Carr family. The filing party’s attorney has been contacted and ordered to cease and desist from any further statements, actions or allusions purporting to be on behalf of, or in any way relating, directly or indirectly, to Eric Carr and/or the Carr family.”
The attorney continues, “Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons know that Eric’s family is not involved in this matter. However, due to the litigious society in which we live and the unfiltered proliferation of inaccurate online discussion, it is imperative to address the matter publicly, set the record straight and let the fans know that we are unified in our response to preserve and protect the honorable and beloved legacy of Eric Carr.”
A member of Carr’s family adds, “We’ve known each other for almost 35 years and we have the highest respect for KISS and keeping Eric’s memory in a positive light.”
Paul Stanley himself tweeted about the controversial situation:
Eric Carr's family is shocked by a lawsuit filed without their knowledge or support. We will deal with this attempted scam appropriately.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 11, 2014
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