Judas Priest's ex manager files $50m lawsuit

Judas Priest's ex manager files $50m lawsuit

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's longtime manager has filed a $50m lawsuit against the rocker and his band.

John Baxter, who was fired in August, after represtenting the metal stars since 1982, claims Halford owes his millions from contract breaches and commissions, as well as salary and expenses dating back to 1992.

Baxter claims Halford mislead him by telling the manager that he could not afford to pay him.

In a letter terminating his employment with Judas Priest , Baxter was accused of withdrawing his sponsorship of Halford's US visa in order to prevent the rocker's entry into America, according to Rolling Stone.

He was also criticised for allegedly posting comments on Halford's official website before he was fired.

But Baxter's attorney, Barry K. Rothman, tells the publication that his client's firing was unjust: "It was wrongful termination because there's no basis to have him terminated. They have their own agenda.

"Baxter has been managing (Halford) for decades. Judas Priest was coming to an end and the Judas Priest people wanted to engage Halford in his solo endeavour and to continue to have a relationship with him which was not possible with Baxter in the middle. There's a whole reason why this all of the sudden abruptly came to an end."

The defendants include Halford, Andrew Thompson, a British lawyer whose firm sent Baxter the termination letter, Judas Priest manager Bill Curbishly and bassist Ian Hill.

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