In a story Ghost Cult broke and has tracked for several months, the band Ghost has been hit with a major lawsuit in the bands’ original home town Linköping, Sweden over the dismissal of the previous lineup.
Named in the suit in the district court of Linköping, Tobias Forge (Carnal Forge), a.k.a. Papa Emeritus III, who is believed to be the only regular member of the band by design since its inception, According to Corren.se, Forge solely controlled the band’s business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The four musicians named in the suit, who were known as The Nameless Ghouls, claim that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put him in charge of carrying out the company’s management duties.
The former band members are asking the court to order Forge to show the company’s revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 as well as to reveal the company’s assets as of December 31, 2016. If he fails to act as ordered, they are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable.
Earlier in 2016, the band members received two separate contract proposals from Forge that they rejected on the grounds that they saw them as “slave agreements,” the lawsuit says. Martin Persner — who is not one of the four people behind the lawsuit quit the band in July 2016.
The entire band were dismissed after the final US date of the Popestar tour for 2016 in November.
On December 20, Forge, through his lawyer, contested the four musicians’ claim that Ghost was a partnership.
“I can’t comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel.”
The current European tour of Ghost is led by Forge with a new lineup rumored to inclube past and current members of The Sisters Of Mercy, Korn, Pendragon and Bloodbath.