By Kevin Rutherford
Earlier today, reports from TMZ came in that Morrissey embattled in a lawsuit with his former bodyguard after he was allegedly asked to physically assault the owner of a popular fan site dedicated to the former Smiths frontman, and now the singer is responding.
Consequence of Sound reports that Morrissey, in a statement, claims he doesn’t even know the guy who’s suing him, and considers the allegations a “vexatious lie.”
In the statement, the singer notes that Bradley Steyn, who apparently brought a lawsuit against Morrissey, has indeed worked for him in the past as a bodyguard — though “he has ‘walked off’ three Morrissey tours” — but had not been head of security on any of his tours.
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Steyn had reportedly claimed that Morrissey had hired him as a bodyguard and had worked with him to see if there was any way David Tseng, who runs the website Morrissey-Solo.com, “could get hurt.”
Morrissey instead claims the stories are false and that he did not try to order some sort of hit on Tseng — though he admitted it’s common knowledge he doesn’t like the website, calling it the “SoLow site.”
The singer also claims Steyn’s lawsuit is simply a play for money from his recent tour. Read the full statement below.
I cannot admit to actually “knowing” Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has “walked off” three Morrissey tours – which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero, and he has certainly never been Head Of Security on any Morrissey tour.
I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to “hurt” (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn’s story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie. It is common knowledge that I dislike the SoLow site, and I am aware that all of the opinions posted on the site are controlled or written by David Tseng, and that David Tseng will give maximum and inexhaustive publicity to anything said in the negative about me. This is a general truth that most people accept about SoLow. It is nothing new, and I have long since learned to accept it.
The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.
The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms “the Morrissey tour”, and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone’s attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now – mysteriously – wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Please note that Bradley Steyn’s statement is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is subject to both criminal and civil action.
30 July 2014.
Morrissey’s World Peace is None of Your Business is out now. His tour, unfortunately, is not.