Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boston: Defamation lawsuit reinstated

Boston circa 1970s: Brad Delp (far left), Tom Scholz (rear, 2nd from left)

A defamation lawsuit filed by Boston founder Tom Scholz against the ex-wife of the band's late lead singer, Brad Delp, was reinstated Tuesday by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

According to the AP, Delp committed suicide in 2007 and Scholz claimed that remarks Delp's ex-wife Micki Delp made to the Boston Herald could be construed as blaming Scholz for his death.

The Herald article said Delp was driven to despair after a friend who was a longtime member of Boston was dropped from a summer tour. It also said Micki Delp recounted that Brad was upset over lingering bad feelings from the breakup of the band more than 20 years earlier. Brad Delp continued to work with Scholz and Boston, but also worked with former members of the band who had a bad falling out with Scholz in the early `80s.

A Superior Court judge found that the article was susceptible to a defamatory connotation, but he attributed that to the writers rather than Micki Delp's remarks. In its ruling, the Appeals Court disagreed, finding that Scholz has presented "sufficient evidence to demonstrate a genuine issue of material fact whether Micki is responsible for the defamatory connotation" of the article.

In March, a different judge threw out Scholz's separate defamation lawsuit against the Herald.

Read more at Billboard here.

The current Boston line up will join Aerosmith, Extreme and other artists to perform at "Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration," a benefit concert to be held at the TD Garden on Thursday, May 30.

Net ticket proceeds from the historic concert will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15.


See also:

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