By Kevin Rutherford
P!nk cover bands are, apparently, serious business.
At least, that’s what a lawsuit filed in New York seems to indicate. The frontwoman of a P!nk cover band has been sued for $10 million by the creator of the group, claiming she lacked both talent and sex appeal — and that ruined the band.
According to the New York Post, Charles Bonfante, an attorney on Long Island, sued Collette McLafferty, who lives on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. McLafferty, 40, was the frontwoman for the band who Bonfante claimed, along with the other band members, was “subpar” with “pitch problems” and “didn’t look the part, or at least contribute to the overall aesthetics of the band.”
“The really insulting part is he said I would harm the public because I can’t sing and I’m too unattractive to front this kind of a band,” McLafferty said. “I don’t think it’s his place to tell anyone that they’re not good looking enough to follow their dreams.”
The band went under the name Funhouse — after P!nk’s fifth studio album — and played a show on Long Island despite Bonfante’s wishes that McLafferty be removed from the act.
What’s more — prior to the lawsuit, McLafferty was paid a mere $75 for the show and is now faced with legal bills for the one-off performance, but has since filed a countersuit. She’s also the frontwoman for local act edibleRed.
She thinks P!nk would support her in this situation.
“I think her advice would be to stay strong, not to slink back and not let anyone bully you,” she said.
Bonfante has an attorney’s office in Hauppauge, N.Y., and notes in the suit to have played drums for Michael Bolton and in ’80s New York glam metal act Saraya.