Alice Cooper Sued by Former Business Partner Over Whiskey and Diamondbacks Tickets
A former business partner of the heavy-metal god is suing Cooper (a.k.a. Vincent Furnier) in Maricopa County Superior Court for allegedly failing to promote Coopers'town, a Phoenix restaurant owned by the two men, and using the business' assets inappropriately.
Brian Weymouth, Cooper's former business partner, claims that Cooper failed to promote the restaurant and charged the business $100,000 cash to perform there.
Weymouth also claims that Cooper abused his "comp expense" by charging Arizona Diamondbacks season tickets to the business and using the restaurant to entertain friends. Weymouth also claims Cooper used the restaurant's cash to donate food to charities, help support his wife's dance studio, and give money to his own golf tournament.
In Cooper's defense, we would argue that he's Alice Cooper, dude. He can do whatever he wants.
Regardless, Weymouth goes on to allege that he deserves a cut of the proceeds from Old Whiskey River Bourbon, a liquor named after the famous Willy Nelson song, an idea Weymouth claims he came up with and was promised a $100,000 royalty fee by Coopers' agent, Shep Gordon.
Cooper and Gordon, according to court documents dug up by Courthouse News, also failed to pay Weymouth a $5,000 a month management fee in 2004 and 2005.
Calls to Weymouth's attorney, Gregory McGill, were not immediately returned.
Weymouth, who was "compelled to resign" from his management gig in 2006, claims Cooper and Gordon owe him $120,000 in royalties from 2006-2009 and is seeking "damages for fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference and negligent misrepresentation, an accounting to determine gross sales of Cooper'stown and Celebrity Restaurants from 2006 to 2009, and an accounting from Gordon on the "Whiskey River" idea."
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