Boy George faces potential financial turmoil as ex-lover and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss ‘applies for bankruptcy petition’ over £1.75m payout
Boy George’s former Culture Club bandmate and ex-lover Jon Moss has reportedly filed a bankruptcy petition against him – after his £1.75million damages claim.
Former drummer Jon was a founding member of the group which shot to fame in the 1980s, but alleges he was ‘expelled’ by their manager in September 2018 after 37 years playing with them.
Boy George, 61, reached an out-of-court settlement with Jon last month after being sued for a loss of earnings.
The Sun have now reported that Jon has applied to London’s High Court for a Bankruptcy Petition against Boy George, real name George O’Dowd.
This would mean the frontman’s assets would be taken and sold to pay the debts – leaving him facing bankrupcy.
Legal battle: Boy George has reportedly filed a bankruptcy petition after a £1.75million damages claim brought by former Culture Club bandmate and ex-lover Jon Moss
Jon had sued for lost earnings after claiming he was told to ‘take a break’ from the European leg of the band’s 2018 world tour Life, meaning he missed out on £200,000 in profits.
The court order stated that the group had agreed that a judgment should be made in favour of Jon, meaning the musicians avoided a six-day trial which had been due to start last month.
MailOnline have contacted Boy George’s representatives for comment.
It comes after his spectacular London home went on the market with a price tag of £17million.
Boy George’s home forms the central part of a Grade II listed building that was built around 1868 and sits in a quarter of an acre overlooking desirable Hampstead Heath.
It is a semi-detached property, with fellow high profile celebrity Sam Smith having moved in next door in 2015.
The average price of a property sold in Hampstead in the last 12 months is £1,806,748. It compares to £327,693 for the country as a whole, according to property website Zoopla.
He reportedly banked the highest fee to appear on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, earning a whopping £500,000 for his jungle stint.
George once referred to his relationship with Moss as the ‘creative force behind Culture Club’.
Writing in his 1995 autobiography Take It Like A Man, he called it the ‘the great unresolved romance of the century’ and said it was ‘built on power-tripping and masochism’.
The pair broke it off in 1985 but the tensions caused by their rocky relationship continued and George developed a heroin addiction.
Their US tour was cancelled when Moss and George no longer want to be around each other and by 1986 the band had broken up.
They have reunited over the years and found success with their 1998 tour and album Don’t Mind If I Do.
Feud: Former drummer Jon was a founding member of the group which shot to fame in the 1980s, but alleges he was ‘expelled’ by their manager in September 2018 after 37 years playing with them
It comes after the Iconic eighties band The Culture Club have announced their upcoming Australian tour – without Jon.
The band, fronted by Boy George, is bringing its Greatest Hits tour Down Under this September to five states.
They will kick-off the exciting tour at Perth ‘s RAC Arena on September 5, then they will head to Sydney ‘s Qudos Bank Arena on September 8 before taking the stage at Melbourne ‘s Rod Laver Arena on September 9.
Their second-last night will be at Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre on September 11 before the tour concludes at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre on September 14.
The band is known for hits including Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.
Boy George and his bandmates Roy Hay and Mikey Craig will be joined by 80s synth pop group Berlin as their supporting act.
The Los Angeles-based band said it can’t wait to join the legendary group for its Australian tour.
Lead vocalist of the group Terri Nun said: ‘We are OVER THE MOON to be joining Culture Club on this tour! We absolutely love Australia and its amazing people. Can’t wait to see you!’
Coming soon: The Culture Club is bringing its Greatest Hits tour Down Under this September to five states
Tour: Boy George and his bandmates Roy Hay (left) and Mikey Craig (right) will be joined by 80s synth pop group Berlin as their supporting act
The Culture Club’s Greatest Hits tour comes as the band celebrates its 40th anniversary of its biggest album Colour By Numbers, which sold over 10 million albums and shot to triple platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US.
Fans can nab tickets for the Australian tour via Telstra presale at 10am on April 17 with general public tickets going on sale at 10am on April 21.
Announcing the tour on its Instagram, The Culture Club said: ‘ Hello you beautiful Australians! We’re so excited to announce that we’re going on our Greatest Hits tour this September.
‘Tickets go on sale Friday 21st April from Ticketek Australia, thanks to TEG Live.’
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