Chuck D, Legendary frontman of the group “Public Enemy” filed a lawsuit recently against his former partner’s Terrordome music publishing and Reach Global Music based on an unfair publishing deal he signed in 2001.
Chuck says the company took advantage of his lack of business knowledge and he signed away the rights to alot of the Public Enemy songs that were created under Def Jam the group’s former label.
According to court documents, Reach Music President Michael Closter is at the center of the suit, and Chuck said he talked him into launching an independent music publishing company.
The rapper claimed in the suit filed that Closter “created a complex master plan that involved, and still involves, unconscionable contracts, hidden transactions, false and fraudulent copyright registrations, and false incomplete accountings.”
Chuck says he found out about the alleged scam in February of this year after Closter presented him the faulty paperwork that contained the tricky language. He claims he lost a 42% stake in his publishing catalog through 2012 and he is seeking $1 million in damages and full ownership of the Public Enemy songs.