Motley Crue Guitarist Involved In Palimony Lawsuit


May 17, 2008

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars doesn’t like the sound of having to continue paying palimony to an ex-girlfriend he is suing, so he is asking a judge if he can suspend the payments until trial, court papers show.

Mars maintains that two delays in the start of the trial from January to the current Sept. 15 date have virtually assured Robbie Mantooth of continuing to receive money to which she might not otherwise have been entitled if the musician wins his case.

The 57-year-old guitarist filed the suit against Mantooth in Los Angeles Superior Court in November 2006, alleging that she breached the terms of a settlement of a palimony suit between the former couple. The Calabasas resident is asking for unspecified punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

Under the settlement of the previous lawsuit between Mars and Mantooth, he gave her a down payment and agreed to pay an additional $5,070 a month on a balance of $300,000, according to his court papers.

He claims Mantooth promised not to disclose any financial information about him to anyone in exchange for receiving the monthly payments. But she later gave information about Mars’ account at City National Bank to a debt collection agency after they contacted her regarding money she owed, according to his current lawsuit.

Mantooth also allegedly told the collection agency that Mars misappropriated her money and agreed to pay her debts, the lawsuit states.

In court papers filed Tuesday, Mars maintains the alleged breaches by Mantooth are grounds for not having to pay her any further support. In a hearing scheduled for June 6, he is asking Judge Edward A. Ferns to suspend his payment obligations until the trial is completed.

Ferns granted the two delays in the trial due to the illnesses to Mantooth and her lawyer.

On July 1, Mars and the rest of Motley Crue begin a 40-date “Crue Fest” tour that includes an Aug. 2 concert at Glen Helen Pavilion in Devore.

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