May 26, 2005 03:03:43 GMT
Motley Crue sues NBC asserting that the network infringed on the band's right to freedom of speech and hindered their sales following NBC's decision t
Watch out!!! The fuming Motley Crue are on their way to the legal battle. The rock band has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday, accused NBC of violating their free-speech rights and hindered their sales following the network's decision to ban the group from performing on their stations.
The decision took by NBC stems from Crue's December 31appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," when singer Vince Neil uttered an oath as he yelled a greeting to bandmate Tommy Lee shortly after midnight. Unfortunately, Neil was unaware that his statement was aired live. However, the band's bassist Nikki Sixx displeased with the decision and said in a statement, "This is about fair and equal treatment. We have a right to be treated in the same way as other artists who have made the same mistake."
Thus, Motley Crue are seeking a ruling saying the ban is unconstitutional, a court order forcing NBC to lift the ban and undisclosed financial damages resulting from the band's reduced media exposure. NBC, on the other hand, issued a statement of it's own, saying the band's lawsuit is meritless and that "NBC has the right to decide not to invite back guests who violate those standards and use an expletive during a live entertainment program."