Two original members of the rock band Sugar Ray, bass player Matthew Murphy Karges and drummer Charles Stanton Frazier, sued frontman Mark McGrath and guitarist Rodney Sheppard, claiming they smeared them on Twitter and cheated them of money. The court papers allege breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment, and other counts.
“Not content to simply misappropriate the Sugar Ray trademark by licensing it to a newly created shell corporation or unlawfully divert an additional 48 percent of the band’s revenues into his own pocket, McGrath spent the last year engaging in a bitter campaign to destroy the personal and professional reputations of Frazier and Karges,” court papers obtained by EW state.
Karges and Frazier also claim that McGrath effectively hijacked the recording of Music for Cougars, the band’s most recent LP. The plaintiffs want their cut of touring revenue and future Sugar Ray money.