PHOENIX (CN) – A business partner claims rock star Alice Cooper has failed to promote their restaurant for a decade, hurting the business, and charged Cooper’stown restaurant $100,000 in cash to perform there. Brian Weymouth also claims Cooper abused his “comp expense” account for food and drinks by charging the restaurant for season tickets to Arizona Diamondbacks games, giving away free food to charities, his wife’s dance studio and his golf tournament, and using the Cooper’stown club and staff for his private parties.
According to the complaint in Maricopa County Court, Weymouth owns 40 percent of the company that manages the restaurant. He claims that Cooper, his wife Sheryl, and his business agent Shep Gordon violated multiple terms in the operating agreement.
Weymouth says he provided Gordon with the idea that Willie Nelson endorse an alcohol product in connection with his “Whiskey River” song, and that Gordon refused to pay him the promised $100,000 in royalties.
He claims that Cooper and Gordon refused to pay him his management fee of $5,000 per month in 2004 and 2005.
Weymouth was manager of Celebrity Restaurants, which oversees Cooper’stown, from 1997 to January 2006, when he says he “was compelled to resign” because of Cooper’s and Gordon’s misconduct.
Cooper and Gordon reduced a 3 percent royalty fee to 1.5 percent without the plaintiff’s vote so he would not receive any distributions, Weymouth claims. He says Cooper’stown owes him $120,000 in royalties for 2006 to 2009 and $9,000 for his 18.4 percent membership interest in Cooper’stown for 2006.
Weymouth seeks damages for fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference and negligent misrepresentation, an accounting to determine gross sales of Cooper’stown and Celebrity Restaurants from 2006 to 2009, and an accounting from Gordon on the “Whiskey River” idea. He is represented by Gregory McGill of Scottsdale.