The Pulse Of Radio
reports that GUNS N' ROSES
singer Axl Rose
looks like he may lose his $20 million lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision Blizzard
, according to The Hollywood Reporter
sued the company in November 2010, claiming that it used an image of former GUNS
in Guitar Hero III
after promising him that the game would not feature any reference to Rose's ex-bandmate. Rose
claimed that was a condition of him agreeing to license the song "Welcome To The Jungle"
for use in the game.
However, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge indicated on Thursday (January 31) that he is inclined to dismiss Rose
's suit because he did not file it until a full three years after the game's October 2007 release. Rose
has said that he was not aware of Slash
's image in the game until later, although documents in the case indicated that an attorney for the singer emailed Activision
about it around the time the game came out.Rose
said in a deposition, "The reason I did not file a lawsuit is because Activision
— through my managers and representatives — offered me a separate video game and other business proposals worth millions of dollars to resolve and settle my claims relating to Guitar Hero III
He added, "From December 2007 through November 2010, Activision
was offering me a GUNS N' ROSES
-dedicated video game, a game dedicated to music from the 'Chinese Democracy'
album, and other proposals."
's legal team tried to point to emails suggesting that an agreement was in place for Activision
to not use any images or music related to Slash
, Judge Charles Palmer
responded, "The only extrinsic evidence supports Activision
's interpretation and does not support Rose
A full decision should be coming within weeks.