A lawsuit filed by four former members of Ghost against the band’s leader, Tobias Forge, has been dismissed by a Swedish court. Forge, who founded the group eight years ago, was sued by the four ex-members in April 2017. They accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band’s album releases and world tours.
The lawsuit was filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where Ghost was originally based. It claimed that a partnership agreement existed between Forge and the four former members, all of whom performed anonymously in the band as Nameless Ghouls. As a result of the lawsuit, Forge was forced to reveal his identity after years of performing in a mask as Papa Emeritus.
Forge responded that “no legal partnership” ever existed between him and the other members, that they were paid a fixed salary to perform as his backing band, and that they were essentially session musicians.
The trial in Linköping District Court lasted for six days, and a 108-page decision was released on Wednesday (October 17th) dismissing the case. The four former members — Simon Soderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm and Martin Hjertstedt — were also ordered to pay Forge’s legal fees, which could amount to approximately $146,000. They have three weeks to appeal the ruling.