The Offspring Responds To Former Bassist's Claims
The Offspring has responded to now former bassist Gregory "Greg K." Kriesel, who sued the remaining band members for allegedly pushing him out of the group without fair compensation.
Kriesel, who hasn't performed with the group since last year, filed a federal lawsuit in June against frontman Bryan "Dexter" Holland and guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, alleging that they fired him last November and tried to strip Kriesel of his "partnership interests and rights, without fair compensation."
Holland and Wasserman have now filed a cross-complaint, denying basically everything Kriesel has alleged and asking the court to appoint "three disinterested appraisers to appraise the fair value" of Kriesel's shares of The Offspring. Holland and Wasserman's claim states that "Kriesel's arguments have no basis in fact."
The pair claim that they asked Kriesel to leave the band on November 1st, 2018 and then "attempted to negotiate in good faith" with him to buy his Offspring, Inc. shares and give him his portion of the band's assets, consisting of their trademark and certain royalties. Kriesel eventually terminated the negotiations and sued.
Kriesel has appeared on every Offspring album to date, although it's not clear if he played on the band's upcoming 10th studio LP, which is expected in late 2019 or early 2020.