Guns N' Roses Front Man Sues Ex Manager in Counter Claim

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By Kamika Dunlap on May 27, 2010 1:50 PM

The legal drama continues to heat up as Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose has filed a counter claim against Front Line Management.

Axl Rose filed a $5 million counter lawsuit against his former manager, Irving Azof, who also is the founder of the music management company Front Line Management, the New York Times reports.

Rose claims that Azoff (who also is the executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment) tried to sabotage Guns N' Roses and force Rose into a reunion tour with the band's original members.

In general, a counterclaim contains assertions that the defendant could have made when starting a lawsuit, if the plaintiff had not already begun the action. It is governed by many of the same rules that regulate the claims made by a plaintiff, except that it is a part of the answer that the defendant produces in response to the plaintiff's complaint.

In addition, a counterclaim must contain facts sufficient to support the granting of relief to the defendant if the facts are proved to be true.

As previously discussed, Front Line Management brought a breach of contract lawsuit against the rocker claiming Rose owes commission from recent performances across Asia, Canada and South America.

The lawsuit claims that the company had an oral agreement to represent Rose as his personal manager. In addition, the company did not collect the 15% of the commission from the performances, based on their arrangement with Rose.

The performances abroad grossed nearly $12.5 million.

In Rose's countersuit, he claims that Azoff failed to promote his 2008 album, "Chinese Democracy."