Rock Guitarist Claims Singer Swiped $500,000
The guitarist for rock band Gogol Bordello claims in court that lead singer Eugene Hutz “brazenly absconded with approximately half a million dollars” from the group.
Oren Kaplan, individually and on behalf of Gogol Bordello business entity Gypsy Punks, sued Eugene Nikolaev aka Eugene Hutz, DAS Grand Kapital LLC and Gypsy Acoustic Punks Inc. in New York County Supreme Court, alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.
Kaplan says in the lawsuit: “Hutz brazenly absconded with approximately half a million dollars from the bank accounts of the Gogol Bordello entities and deposited those funds into the accounts of new companies which are wholly owned by Hutz. (These transfers have been disingenuously characterized by Hutz’s representatives as ‘loans.’) Moreover, Hutz has paid himself a ‘salary’ to which Hutz is entitled under the group’s contractual arrangements. Further, Hutz has transferred all of the business operations of the Gogol Bordello Entities into his new, wholly owned companies without providing the Gogol Bordello entities with any compensation for having done so. Plaintiff had no prior notice of, and has never approved any of these illicit self dealing acts.
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