John Lydon says he is in “financial ruin” after losing court case against fellow Sex Pistols

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Former Sex Pistols Frontman Calls His Former Bandmates “Wicked”

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Sex Pistols’ John Lydon has opened up about his financial struggles, which he said have worsened after losing a legal battle against his former bandmates last month.

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Lydon was sued after refusing to license the group’s music for inclusion in the upcoming biopic series of Danny Boyle, Pistol, Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook legally challenged his veto.

According to Jones and Cook’s attorney, Edmund Cullen, the band agreed in 1998 that all decisions regarding license requests could be determined on the basis of “majority rules”. This was upheld in the High Court’s decision on 23 August.


Now, in an interview with WireOf late, Lydon slammed his former bandmates as “evil” and said he was “in a state of serious financial ruin” following the court case.

“I have no more savings, no more loans, no pension. I have nothing… I’m messed up, and I’m screwed in so many different ways,” Lydon said.

“This whole juggling of illusions has cost me millions,” Lydon said of the court case. “Such a disgusting, abominable attack; I never expected Steve, Paul and Glenn [Matlock, original Sex Pistols bassist] for being that evil. And we never even sat down and talked about it.”

Lydon also suggested that he was unmatched from the beginning, given that Pistol The Walt Disney Company subsidiary is set to premiere on FX. “It turned Walt Disney’s money against me. Who do you think will win?” he said. “The Sex Pistols Have Become Mickey Fucking Mouse’s Property.”

Lydon said in interviews that he worried that his financial situation would affect the health treatment of his wife Nora, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and for whom Lydon is effectively a full-time caregiver, “noting that he stole everything.” took my money”.

“It’s a very serious problem,” Lydon said. “I have to work really hard to achieve something like a fundamentally stable environment to take care of my loved ones. That’s what they did to me. Thanks, boys!”


Following last month’s ruling, Lydon released a lengthy statement claiming he didn’t know about the proposed use of Sex Pistols music in the new series until “Just a Few Hours” announced and had no idea how the band would be portrayed in it.

Jones and Cook issued a response that disputed Lydon’s claims, saying they were “reported of it”. Pistol TV series, offered a meeting with the director and to join the show months before principal photography began”.

“He declined these offers and we are saddened that he would not be joining and at least in talks with director Danny Boyle and co-showrunner Craig Pearce,” he said.

“John Lydon sold his rights to control the use of these songs in the 1990s in exchange for money. As a result a majority rule agreement existed – so no outside party could direct the use of the band’s music.

“And to set up a mechanism if a member was unfairly obstructing the decision-making process – which is what has happened in this instance.”

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