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John Lydon compares contract in Sex Pistols dispute to ‘slave labour’

John Lydon compares contract in Sex Pistols dispute to ‘slave labour’
Former frontman argues the band’s music can’t be used without his consent

Ancien Sex Pistols leader John Lydon has blasted a contract at the heart of a legal dispute between him and his ex-bandmates over Danny Boyle’s new TV show, comparing it to “slave labour”.

Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, is currently being sued by fellow Pistols Paul Cook et Steve Jones so that the group’s music can be used in the forthcoming Disney miniseries, Pistol, about the band’s tumultuous history.

Cook and Jones argue that a band member agreement (BMA) créé en 1998 means decision regarding licensing are taken on a majority basis. Lydon’s stance is that their music cannot be used in a TV series without his consent.

Appearing in court today (Mercredi 21 juillet), he attacked the series as “the most disrespectful s*** I’ve ever had to endure”.

“The BMA has never been applied in anything we have ever done since 1998,” he claimed.

Whilst giving evidence, Lydon also stated that “the Sex Pistols have so far managed to agree how to conduct their business with “unanimity”. He described the lawsuit as “poison” and a “trap”.

“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something that I so morally heart and soul disagree with without any involvement," il a dit.

Edmund Cullen QC, representing Cook and Jones, accused Lydon of giving “false evidence” to which he replied with: “False evidence? Je suis désolé, how? Où?”

Lounge act: Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook

Lydon also confessed that legal documents “terrify” him and that he “didn’t understand” what a BMA was when he signed it.

Earlier in the week, Cook described his lead singer as a “total d***”.

Lydon has previously branded Boyles’ biopic as “the most disrespectful s*** I’ve ever had to endure”.

Cullen has previously told the court in written submissions that original band member Glen Matlock, who was replaced by Sid Vicious, and the representatives of the estate of Sid Vicious, who died in February 1979, support their position.

Pistol devrait être diffusé dans 2022.

Reportage supplémentaire par l'Association de la presse