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Friday, November 10, 2023

Former Bassist Sues Linkin Park

In recent news, the former bassist for the nu-metal group has decided to sue the popular group, Linkin Park.

Kyle Christner took to filing a court case against Rob Bourdon, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, as well as Warner Records.

As per the lawsuit, the accused has not paid him anything for the contributions he made to their hit song, In The End. 

According to Christner, he was a part of the group when they signed their first-ever major record deal.

He went on to add that he was not paid for the work that he did for the band’s EP in 1999, called Hybrid Theory. 

In his words, he was let go in October of the same year without any concrete reason. 

The group used to feature the now-deceased frontman Chester Bennington, which it included in the same year. He went on to be a part of the group until his suicide in 2017.

Three years ago, Linkin Park took to releasing a box set of Hybrid Theory on its 20th anniversary and did not credit Christner.

Consequently, the lawsuit has now been filed, which notes that the musician played bass when composing Could Have Been, which was not previously released.

However, it now has around a million views on the video streaming application YouTube, with no credit to the bass player.

The court case also notes that the Box set has various things, which include previously unreleased and rare tracks from three collections.

These are B-Side Rarities, LPU Rarities, and Forgotten Demons, all of which Christner claims he was a part of despite him not being officially credited. 

According to the former bass player, he has not received a single penny for the work he did alongside the band, nor has he received the credit he deserves.

He went on to say that the Defendants, on the other hand, have long benefited from his creative efforts. 

In the lawsuit, the musician further claims that he has been in contact with the management of the band, who allegedly told him that he is to receive royalties after the reissue of Hybrid Theory.

But when he asked how much he would be paid, the representative apparently did not respond.

The court case filed goes on to accuse the group of wrongfully profiting at the expense of the bass player without due payment or credit. 

Christner had been a part of the band from 1998 to 1999 and is currently seeking what he deserves, as well as unknown damages. 

Since the lawsuit was filed just recently, the band has not yet responded in public nor made any comments via their lawyer.

Similarly, despite filing the case, Christener has also not spoken up about the issue on social media or anywhere else. 

The case has yet to be reviewed by the courts, who will then decide how to proceed with the Defendants and what procedures will be followed.

As of now, Christener is determined to ensure that his creative contributions to the songs of Linkin Park are not overlooked.

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