May 15, 2006 04:47:05 GMT
The Beach Boys have been blasted with a $20 million countersuit brought by the man they contend stole photos, recordings and other band memorabilia
Roy Sciacca, a rock memorabilia collector, has filed a counter-lawsuit against The Beach Boys over their $20 million lawsuit against him in January, in which the band accused him of thievery. The American pop veterans had on their lawsuit alleged that Roy stole photos, original sheet music, recordings and other band memorabilia from them and thus attempted to prevent him from selling those stuff.
Due to such fact, Brother Records, which owns the rights to the Beach Boy's music, blocked a planned auction of the items last year and filed a lawsuit in California against Sciacca.
On the other way around, Sciacca claims in his lawsuit he had bought several boxes of memorabilia from the Beach Boys at auctions held in California in the 1980s. In other words, insisting that he is the rightful owner of the goods in question. That being so, he is seeking compensation and punitive damages for a yet undetermined amount, claiming the items he wanted to auction were estimated by the Beach Boys to have a value of more than 20 million dollars.