Eddie Money Denies ‘Downright Evil’ Claims in Ex-Drummer’s Lawsuit
“Glenn Symmonds and his girlfriend are trying to damage my reputation, not only as a professional entertainer, but as a husband and a father,” Money wrote on Facebook. “Having something like that happen to you is like The Twilight Zone, so preposterous and downright evil.”
Symmonds filed suit in October, asserting that he’d been fired because of his age and health issues following a bout with bladder cancer and a back injury. The claim also alleged that Symmonds suffered emotional distress because of unwelcome advances that Money allegedly made toward the drummer’s fiancee, Tami Landrum.
Money counters that he turned to another band lineup when he wanted to help his son break into the business – “in order for him to gain the exposure he needed and deserved, and to creatively do something a bit different.” Rather than dismissing Symmonds because of those health woes, Money said he was actually one of Symmonds’ biggest supporters.
“I raised thousands of dollars to help Glenn beat his bladder cancer, and I was proud, along with the band, to do it,” Money said. “I know how tough that disease is. My mother died of cancer. I am glad that Glenn is healthy, and I wish him well. But I wish he and his girlfriend would no longer assault me and my family with malicious falsehoods that impugn my integrity in an effort to make money for themselves through a bogus lawsuit.”
As for working with his son, Money said, “I believe I have the right to have who I want in my band. And I don’t believe my former drummer can dictate to me how I present my music to my fans. Seeing that he has no case for wrongful termination, Glenn has put his girlfriend up to making crazy accusations that I sexually harassed her.”
Symmonds originally joined Money on a track for the soundtrack of 1979’s Americathon, cementing a friendship that dated back to 1974. He later joined Money’s touring group in the wake of the platinum-selling 1986 release Can’t Hold Back, and was also featured on Money’s 1991 album Right Here.
“it is what it is,” Money summed up in his post. “The price of fame, unfortunately, is that you get abused a lot by people you thought you could trust, in this case my former drummer and his girlfriend.”
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