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New Lawsuit Pits Former Nameless Ghouls Vs. Ghost’s Papa Emeritus

Ghost is going to be haunting the courts of Sweden this year.

Four of the group's former Nameless Ghouls are suing frontman and founder Tobias Forge, aka Papa Emeritus, for album royalties and tour income.

The suit asks the Swedish district court to force Forge, who was sole proprietor of Ghost's business operations, to disclose the band's finances from 2011-2016 to begin to determine what the former band members might be owned. They claim they were not paid at all during 2012, in fact. The suit also indicates the reason for their dismissal was rejecting contracts Forge offered last year that the Ghouls term "slave agreements."

Forge told Sweden's Corren that he "can't comment on (the suit) because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel."

Meanwhile, Forge is leading a new version of Ghost, which made its live debut March 24 in England.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.