Former Anthrax star Dan Nelson has launched a $2.65 million defamation lawsuit against the group.
Nelson, who left the band in July, 2009, has accused drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian of incorrectly informing fans and reporters he "abruptly resigned" after falling ill, forcing Anthrax to cancel a series of European dates. He insists he was fired.
In the suit, the singer also claims Benante told a website that the former frontman was "a bully" and maintains the group's "intentional defamation" has damaged his reputation.
He's also claims the band has withheld cash he's owed for co-writing songs on its new album Worship Music, according to the New York Post.
The suit, which Nelson filed in New York on Thursday, is sure to be hotly contested by his former band mates - guitarist Ian recently reiterated the singer had "quit" the group in a Guitar World magazine interview, adding, "I will stick by the statement I made back in the summer of 2009. He quit. He emailed management and he quit the band."
"His words were, 'I quit. I'm not doing this. Don't come to my house. Don't try and talk me out of this.' Ian claims it was the third time Nelson had threatened to quit the heavy rock band."
Nelson was replaced in the band by John Bush and Anthrax have since reconnected with former frontman Joey Belladonna.