John Lydon Loses Lawsuit Against Sex Pistols Bandmates
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“Pistol” Airs Next Year
John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon has lost his legal battle against his former Sex Pistols bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook as he attempted to block Sex Pistols’ music from being used on Danny Boyle’s forthcoming FX biopic series, Pistol.
Judge Sir Anthony Mann ruled that, under the terms of a 1988 agreement, allowed “majority voting rules”.
Pistol is a six-episode limited series based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir titled “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol”. In April, Lydon threatened to take them to court since they did not hire him as consultant, and he called Pistol “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure.” He then tried to block them from using Sex Pistols songs. According to Lydon’s lawyer, the show portrayed the rocker in “a hostile and unflattering light” and as “the annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more.”
Jones and Cook responded by suing Lydon. The pair weren’t the only ones who wanted the music to appear on the series, so did former bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of Sid Vicious.
“We welcome the court’s ruling in this case,” Jones and Cook said in a statement. “It brings clarity to our decision making and upholds the band members’ agreement on collective decision making. It has not been a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and hopefully work together in the future with better relations.”
Pistol is set to air in 2022.