NEW YORK (CN) – Joan Jett sued former Runaways bassist Jacqueline Fuchs, claiming the “disgruntled” musician continually disrupts Jett’s merchandising and movie-making efforts, despite having quit the band in 1977.
Jett says Fuchs left the band in the lurch when she quit during a sold-out Japanese tour, forcing Jett to temporarily take charge of the bass.
Jett says Fuchs followed that up by threatening to sue Jett and her long-term business partner, Ken Laguna, if they continued selling Runaways merchandise.
Jett says Fuchs claimed a right to the Runaways trademark and demanded to see the script for a forthcoming movie about the band, though it does not feature a character based on Fuchs.
The Runaways spent four years churning out hits that included “Cherry Bomb,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” before disbanding in 1979.
Jett and the remaining band members have played reunion tours since then.
Jett’s record company, Blackheart Record Group, is also a plaintiff in the complaint in New York County Court.
Jett wants Fuchs enjoined from interfering with her business, damages for tortious interference, and attorney fees.
She is represented by Oren Warshavsky with Baker Hostetler.