Ex Go-Go’s Bassist Sues Group Over Revenue, Alleged Contract Breach
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Kathy Valentine, former bassist for the Go-Go’s who wrote some of the 80’s bands biggest hits, is suing her former group for lost revenue and breach of contact.
Valentine filed the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Named in the lawsuit are Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Regina Schock. The Go-Go’s rose to fame in the early 80’s and were the most successful all-female band of all time. They were also the first “girl” group that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments.
Valentine’s suit alleges breach of contract, interference with contractual relations and says the group forced her out causing her to lose 20 percent of monies owed to her.
A representative for the band could not be reached for comment.
Valentine is reportedly seeking upwards of $1 million.
She penned some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Head Over Heels,” “Vacation” and “The Whole World Lost Its Head.”
Valentine says she received an Email from Carlisle on January 17 saying, “We have decided, for a variety of reasons, including our musical differences with you and the disparaging comments you have made about the band on your Twitter memoir, that we no longer wish to work with you.”
The lawsuit states that Valentine tried to settle her differences with the group and asked the band’s manager to intervene on her behalf but Carlisle reportedly replied, “Nothing she can say or do can change my mind.”
Valentine also says the four other members formed a partnership called GoGoGo Corp. designed to exclude her.