Months before his death Scott Weiland was sued for $20 million by the company who put together the supergroup Art of Anarchy.
The website the Blast uncovered a lawsuit that was filed by the company Vice Inc .in July of 2015. Vice claimed they were responsible for assembling the band which featured former Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, Jon and Vince Votta and of course Weiland.
According to the lawsuit, Weiland agreed to write the lyrics for the band’s debut album in return for $230,000 for his work. Prior to the release of the supergroup’s album in 2014, Vice claims they got into several disputes with Weiland. Vice claims that Weiland refused to promote the album and partake in music videos.
Vice claimed to have reached an agreement with Weiland to promote the band, but Weiland didn’t live up to his end of the bargain. Before his death Scott Weiland spoke out about his involvement with the band and referred to it as a “scam from the beginning”
“I had them send me the files, and I worked in my studio with my engineer, and I wrote the lyrics and the melodies, and I sent them back,” he said in the interview. “I didn’t even know what their names were.”
Vice sued Weiland to recover their initial investment of $230,000 and asked for an additional $20 million in damages for lost revenue.
A month before the singer died, Weiland counter-sued Vice and the Art of Anarchy bandmates, accusing them of unlawfully using his name and image to promote the band. He was asking for $2 million and sought an injunction against them from using his name to publicize the band. The lawsuit is still ongoing, but there has been no update on the case since earlier this year.
The Art of Anarchy debut album was released for free on December 22, 2015, which was almost a month after Weiland passed away. Creed frontman Scott Stapp replaced Weiland’s as lead singer and the band released a new album in April 2017.