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The Mötley Crüe drama continues, as guitarist Mick Mars has responded to the band’s statement regarding his lawsuits.

Thursday (April 7), news broke that Mars had filed a lawsuit against the Crüe, in which Mars asserted that he still wanted to play with Mötley Crüe in some capacity but was “unilaterally” removed from the band after a band meeting. He also claimed his profit share was cut from 25% to 5% after he announced his retirement from touring. In addition, in the lawsuit, Mars stated that Nikki Sixx was “gaslighting” him over his guitar abilities. In turn, Mars claimed that Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” on the band’s most recent tour and replaced live playing with pre-recorded tracks.

A few hours after the news of Mars’ lawsuit broke, the band responded, calling the lawsuit, “unfortunate” and “completely off-base.”

In a new interview with Variety, Mars responded, saying, “I carried those bastards for years.” He added, “Those guys have been hammering on me since ’87, trying to replace me. They haven’t been able to do that, because I’m the guitar player. I helped form this band. It’s my name I came up with [the Mötley Crüe moniker], my ideas, my money that I had from a backer to start this band. It wouldn’t have gone anywhere.”

Mars continued, stating, “The thing that they keep pushing, for many years, is that I have a bad memory. And that’s full-blown, out-of-proportion crap. Around 2012, when they first started saying that my memory was bad and I didn’t remember the songs, I came home and saw all my doctors, because I keep myself together, because I’m an old bastard. They had all the 10th Street people there [from the band’s management] — probably about five or six people — (versus) all my doctors going: ‘There’s nothing wrong with him.’ And now they’re still playing that game with me.” Read the full statement here.

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