Mathew Knowles, former manager and father of singer Beyonce, filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment last week after he claims they falsely accused him of stealing money from his daughter throughout her career, which resulted in Beyonce firing him soon after. However, when the split was first announced, Mathew insisted that there was no ill will between he and his daughter, and that the split was a mutual professional decision. But now Mathew is alleging that besides Live Nation, both Roc Nation and Beyonce’s label, Columbia Records, have “negative comments about me” and he hasn’t spoken to his daughter since the split. He also had some harsh words for the new management’s release of Beyonce’s album ’4′.
On Denying the Accusations
“We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for. In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light.[…]The relationship with Beyonce is extremely amicable. I want to make that clear. Where there’s concern is the people that she’s doing business with,” he said. “I’m challenging all of these folks on integrity, professional integrity.”
On Beyonce “Cleaning House”
“She changed almost every aspect of her business.[…]The team ironically appeared to be a cross-pollination of Beyonce’s team, Roc Nation’s team, and Live Nation’s team, who ironically have the most to gain,” he said. “I’ll let people come to their own conclusion.”
On Not Speaking to Beyonce Directly About Allegations
“”We have not had that conversation[…]The only way we will be able to understand this is through a court of law. That’s the only way either one of us will be clear if someone in our camps did something that was not correct.”
On Beyonce’s Album ’4′ Not Having Massive Hits Like Her Previous Records
“They put out the record in a vacuum,” he said, adding that her success came despite setbacks. “It makes you believe that there are some artists that don’t need radio. There are some records that don’t need a record label, and Beyonce is one of those artists.”
And here are the details of his lawsuit, according to the Associated Press:
In his lawsuit against Live Nation, Knowles claims that the management company had the most to gain in having him ousted from Beyoncé’s career and is responsible for persuading her into hiring a law firm to conduct an audit of her finances. That audit uncovered the alleged stolen money and resulted in Knowles being terminated as manager. Knowles has denied any wrong-doing and is convinced that removing him was a blatant maneuver from Live Nation. ”The team ironically appeared to be a cross-pollination of Beyonce’s team, Roc Nation’s team, and Live Nation’s team, who ironically have the most to gain,” he told the Associated Press.
Knowles is determined to have his character and reputation restored. He has requested a judge allow him to take depositions from employees at Live Nation to figure out exactly how the stealing accusation was formulated. The judge has yet to approve his request, but ultimately, Mathew Knowles’ primary interest is what is best for his superstar daughter. ”The relationship with Beyonce is extremely amicable. I want to make that clear. Where there’s concern is the people that she’s doing business with,” he said to the Associated Press. “I’m challenging all of these folks on integrity, professional integrity.”
Sounds like a really messy situation is on the horizon; let’s hope it ends well.