Ozzy Osbourne is dealing with a lot right now. He’s separated from his longtime love, Sharon Osbourne, he’s trying to get a handle on his sex addiction and now he’s got an ex-bandmate suing him for unpaid royalties.
Bob Daisley is credited as a songwriter for Osbourne’s famous song “Crazy Train” and claims that he is owed $2 million from Osbourne and his music company, Blizzard Music Company.
Daisley’s lawyer released a statement saying, "While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley. Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated."
If it sounds like a big deal, it might be to other people, but Osbourne has been dealing with Daisley for years now.
In an official statement, Osbourne’s camp said, “For the past 36 years Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.”
They added, “We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.”
It doesn’t look good for Daisley, mostly because if we believe him, Osbourne has been doing everything right and the courts agree.
Hopefully for Osbourne, this problem goes away quickly and without requiring much of his involvement. He’s got bigger problems that affect his personal life that he should focus on more.
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