Tommy Lee's Former Assistant Suing for Unpaid Wages

Michael Anthony Sullivan claims Mötley Crüe's drummer has ruined his reputation

December 1, 2011 1:20 PM ET
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Tommy Lee performs during the Electric Zoo Festival on Randall's Island in New York.
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A former assistant to Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee has filed suit in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles alleging unpaid overtime wages and other money owed, as well as willful disparagement of his reputation after he stopped working for Lee.

Michael Anthony Sullivan worked for Lee and his Mayhem Touring operation from January 2005 until March of this year as an all-purpose assistant, including "procurer, Man Friday, chauffer [sic]... butler, valet, attendant, cook, runner, shopper, nanny, bodyguard, maid and nursemaid," according to court documents. The plaintiff alleges that despite being on call 24 hours a day and working up to 16 hours a day while Lee was on tour, he was never paid overtime. Sullivan also claims that Lee deducted $1,000 a month for rent after requiring the employee to move into his house, that Lee regularly docked his pay and that he often paid for supplies for Lee, his business and his family without reimbursement.

Among a long list of charges, Sullivan also claims that he was hired as a tour manager for the band Bush, but the job offer was rescinded after Lee made disparaging remarks about his former employee. The plaintiff is requesting a jury trial. Lee's management had no comment on the lawsuit.  

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