The four former members of Ghost that had their case against Tobias Forge dismissed this week claim they will appeal. Forge was sued by the four ex-members in April 2017. They accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band’s album releases and world tours. Simon Söderberg (Alpha), Mauro Rubino (Air), Henrik Palm (Ether) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth) have three weeks to appeal the ruling, and their attorney, Michael Berg, told SVT earlier today that they intend to seek a reversal. The trial in Linköping District Court lasted for six days, and on Wednesday (October 17), a 108-page decision was released dismissing the case. The four former GHOST members were also ordered to pay Forge’s legal fees, which could amount to approximately over $145,000. Söderberg, Rubino, Palm and Hjertstedt have reportedly spent 2.9 million kronor (approximately $320,000) in legal fees on the case so far. Since the members were dismissed from the band in 2016, Ghost has released the international smash hits Square Hammer single and the album Prequelle (Spinefarm).
In a story we have been tracking for some time at Ghost Cult, Swedish Courts have summarily dismissed the case against Ghost frontman and copyright owner Tobias Forge, brought by his former bandmates. According to a report by Andreas Schander of Linkoping News, the hometown newspaper of the band, the trial in Linköping district court lasted for six days and at 11 o’clock CST on Wednesday, the case was dismissed. Not only that but the plaintiffs (Simon Söderberg (guitars, “Alpha,” member since 2010 -2016) Mauro Rubino (keyboards, “Air,” member since 2011-2016), Henrik Palm (guitar, “Ether,” member since 2015 – 2016) and Martin Hjertstedt (drums, “Earth,” member since 2014 – 2016) owe Forge over 1.3 million Swedish Kronors, or approximately $145,000 USD. The case alleged that Forge had wrongly distributed money and withheld royalties, backing down from promises they claimed he made to the members at the time. Forge argued that Ghost was always his band, and the rest were hired, musicians. The original article in Swedish including the 180-page court decision documents can be seen in the story below. Continue reading