Boy George and Culture club to pay £1.75m to ex-bandmate

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Culture Club founding member Jon Moss is to be paid £1.75million by his former bandmates, after a court battle over the group’s profits was resolved a week before trial. The drummer had brought legal action against lead singer Boy George, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig after allegedly being “expelled” by their manager in September 2018 following 37 years together.

A six-day trial, due to start next week, was set to determine the value of the Culture Club name, the profits made by the band since Jon’s departure and the amount he might be entitled to receive.

But a court order on Tuesday said the group had agreed a judgment should be made in his favour and would pay him £1.75million immediately.

The order, approved by Mrs Justice Smith, said that Jon had agreed to “relinquish” any right to the Culture Club name and its use, including in connection with concerts and merchandise.

The High Court previously heard the band had settled a dispute over whether there was a “continuing partnership” since the formation of the group, known for hits such as Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon – with Jon’s ex-lover Boy George, Roy and Michael conceding there was until his departure.

The trial was also due to cover the drummer’s additional claim to an “outstanding balance” of £201,000 under the terms of a band agreement reached over the operation of its 2018 Life Tour.

Boy George, real name George O’Dowd, Roy and Michael had defended the claims. The court also previously heard Jon had racked up £1million in legal costs, accusing the three of appearing “determined to keep [him] out of sums to which he is entitled”.

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