Earlier this month, Daryl Hall shockingly filed a lawsuit against his longtime partner, John Oates. Hall claims that Oates is looking to sell his portion of the pair’s joint venture company, Primary Wave.
Hall said he was “blindsided” by Oates’ decision to sell and said that his longtime partner timed his decision to coincide with the start of his tour. Hall said Oates was trying to “ambush” him in an attempt to “intentionally cause me the maximum amount of harm.”
Oates responded in a new legal declaration and said that he was “deeply hurt” by Hall’s lawsuit.
“I am disappointed that he decided to publicize issues that are the subject of our private mediation and private arbitration,” Oates said. “I have no idea who or what is motivating Daryl to take these steps and make such salacious statements, but I am deeply hurt.”
Oates went on to say that he and Hall haven’t always “seen eye to eye.”
“Daryl has become unwilling to work with me to try to protect the marks and other intellectual property that we spent decades building,” Oates said.
Oates said he’s “very aware of the importance and reverence that our fans and the world have for the music that Daryl and I have made together. That is why I have been working hard to protect the value of our intellectual property – to allow music lovers around the world to continue to enjoy the music of Hall & Oates.”
Hall & Oates have tallied six Billboard No. 1 songs including “Out of Touch,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and “Maneater.”
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