A Guns N’ Roses fan is facing a hefty lawsuit after allegedly leaking previously unreleased tracks online.
Per TMZ, Universal Music Group is threatening legal action against Rick Dunsford, who is being accused of leaking material recorded by the band from the early 2000’s.
Dunsford explained in an interview from October 2018, “About two and a half months ago, I drove to Virginia, and there was a storage locker that belonged to [former GN’R A&R rep] Tom Zutaut. He didn’t pay his bills or something and it was auctioned off. The individual that bought the locker, there was about 20 CDs in this locker of unreleased Guns N’ Roses music from around ’99 to 2000 or 2001.”
Dunsford and a group of fans were able to pool together $15,000 to purchase those discs. He then struck a deal with GN’R reps where he turned over the music in exchange for being reimbursed the money that was initially paid to obtain the music. Unfortunately, music from those discs still leaked, which Dunsford says was because the initial seller was continuing to sell the material to other people who had leaked the material. However, the band is pinning the blame on Dunsford for the leak.
The details of the lawsuit are not yet known, but a rep for GN’R told TMZ of this legal issue, “It is tremendously disappointing, sad, and unfortunate that a record executive involved with the band in their early years found it appropriate to auction off the unreleased materials owned by his former employer.”
GN’R has since banned Dunsford from attending any future concerts.