Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, the man who performs as Papa Emeritus, is being sued by four former members of the band according to a report by Swedish news site Corren.se. The musician is being accused of cutting the former members out of profits from the band’s tours, merchandise and more.
The suit was filed in Linköping, Sweden, where the band was formed. In it, the former Ghost members state that Forge controls the band’s business and financial endeavors at every turn. They claim that Tobias was merely put in charge of management duties for the band though that did not put him in a position of ownership over Ghost.
Forge’s former bandmates are asking a court to order him to disclose full financial income records from 2011 until 2016 as well as the band’s full financial holdings as of December 31, 2016.
Back in 2012, the band members weren’t being compensated for their work and complained to Forge. He began issuing sporadic payments while still claiming that the band was not making money.
Asked by Corren.se for his response to the suit, Forge said: “I can’t comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered farily soon by my legal counsel.”
This is Forge’s first time ever officially acknowledging his position in the band.
Ghost only identifies the musicians who play in the band as “nameless ghouls” to keep up their mysterious allure.