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Published: 2013/08/01

Gogol Bordello’s Guitarist is Suing Frontman Eugene Hutz

Billboard is reporting that Gogol Bordello guitarist Oren Kaplan is suing the band’s frontman, Eugene Hutz on “behalf of himself and the band’s corporate entity.” Kaplan alleges that Hutz embezzled about $500K from Gogol Bordello’s accounts and deposited the funds into the singer’s privately owned corporate entities. Should Kaplan’s allegations carry, Hutz would be charged with breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. ¬†

Kaplan additionally alleges that Hutz brokered a secret promotional deal with Coca-Cola without informing him. ¬†According to Kaplan, “Hutz accomplished this ruse by feigning concern for [Kaplan] (whose mother had just passed away) and encouraging [him] to take an extended leave of absence from the group during the very time when the group would be recording its song for the Coca-Cola commercial.”

Kaplan is seeking $950,000 in damages.

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