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Boy George accused of conspiring to defraud Culture Club band member out of £188,000 on 2018 tour

Boy George has been accused of conspiring to defraud his former Culture Club bandmate out of £188,000.

Drummer Jon Moss is suing the band’s lead singer, real name George O’Dowd, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig.

He was reportedly “expelled” by their manager in September 2018 after 37 years of “service”.

Mr Moss claims he is owed an ‘outstanding balance’ of £188,000 ($246,000) under the terms of a group agreement reached over the operation of his 2018 Life Tour.

Boy George (above) has been accused of conspiring to defraud his former Culture Club bandmate out of £188,000

Details of the ongoing case emerged during a High Court remote hearing before a judge, Deputy Master Marc Glover, on Monday.

The Culture Club members, best known for hits such as Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon, did not appear on the video link during the proceedings.

During a three-hour hearing, the judge granted a request by Mr Moss’ lawyer, Celia Rooney, to change the details of her claim and join two companies linked to Boy George in the affair.

Boy George, Mr. Craig and Mr. Hay have not yet filed amended defenses to Mr. Moss’ new claims, but draft court documents show that they dispute his claim for money still owed.

According to a draft court document, the agreement between the band members – dubbed the ‘memo of the deal’ – meant that each would receive a royalty of £458,000 ($600,000) for up to 80 gigs on the Life Round.

Drummer Jon Moss (pictured) is taking legal action against the band's lead singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig

Drummer Jon Moss (pictured) is taking legal action against the band’s lead singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig

Mr Moss initially filed a lawsuit seeking a declaration from the court that the outstanding balance was held for him by the Performing Arts Agency (APA), acting as its agent.

Ms Rooney said in written submissions that the group’s booking agent agreed not to release it without Mr Moss’s consent or a court order.

But she explained that Mr Moss later learned that the remaining funds had been paid to an American company, You Give Me Life, Inc (YGML), following the settlement of a legal proceeding in America in January 2021.

YGML and another English company, Other Places Drama LLP (OPD), had sued APA in California, claiming it was entitled to the money it held, Ms Rooney said.

Ms Rooney said it was a “direct breach of assurances” given by the APA and that Mr Moss had not been involved in the US proceedings.

Members of Culture Club (above), best known for hits such as Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon, did not appear on the video link during the proceedings.

Members of Culture Club (above), best known for hits such as Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon, did not appear on the video link during the proceedings.

Boy George, Mr. Craig and Mr. Hay have yet to file amended defenses to Mr. Moss' new claims

Boy George, Mr. Craig and Mr. Hay have yet to file amended defenses to Mr. Moss’ new claims

She told the court on Monday that Boy George was the sole “officer” of YGML and one of two “designated members” of the OPD in which he held 75% of the voting rights.

Ms Rooney argued that the US proceedings involving these ‘personal service companies’ could only have been initiated with the knowledge of Boy George or by people acting on his behalf.

In written submissions, she said that meant Mr Moss had been “effectively coerced” into re-litigating his case where Boy George allegedly “conspired to defraud the plaintiff of nearly a quarter of a million dollars which makes the ‘object of these proceedings’. ‘.

She noted that the knowledge that MM. Craig and Hay had of the question of the procedure in the United States was unknown.

Mr. Moss argues that he is owed a

Mr Moss claims he is owed an ‘outstanding balance’ of £188,000 ($246,000) under the terms of a group agreement reached over the operation of his 2018 Life Tour.

Mr. Moss is now seeking to allege that Boy George, YGML and/or OPD, allegedly breached the “deal memo” previously made on the Life Tour, acted dishonestly with respect to US settlement and entered into a conspiracy. to defraud Mr. Moss out of money he still believes is owed to him.

Ms Rooney explained that as part of the High Court litigation, the group had previously settled a dispute over whether there had been an ‘ongoing partnership’ since the formation of the Culture Club before a listed trial in December last year , with Boy George, Mr. Hay and Mr. Craig admitted there were until the alleged “expulsion” of Mr. Moss.

Earlier on Monday, Lawrence Kelly, representing the three members of the group facing Mr Moss’ legal challenge, unsuccessfully requested an adjournment of the hearing.

According to a draft court document, the agreement between the band members - dubbed the 'memo of the deal' - meant that each would receive a royalty of £458,000 ($600,000) for up to 80 gigs on the Life Round.

According to a draft court document, the agreement between the band members – dubbed the ‘memo of the deal’ – meant that each would receive a royalty of £458,000 ($600,000) for up to 80 gigs on the Life Round.

He told the court he was unable to give ‘useful answers’ on the case as he had to ‘bring himself up to speed’, having only been instructed by Boy George, Mr Craig and Mr Hay since Friday.

Ms Rooney objected to a postponement of the hearing, suggesting it could be a ‘tactical decision’ and arguing there was no explanation of when and why the three members of the group had changed from their former law firm Russells Solicitors.

Rejecting the adjournment offer, the judge said it came at the “11th hour” and noted that the previously appointed law firm had previously appeared not to have objected to requests sought by the attorneys for Mr. Moss on Monday.

A new preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 3.