Michael Schenker's former personal manager, Nancy Lewis, has slammed the legendary guitarist over the comments posted on his web site regarding his personal and working relationship with Lewis (in which he accused Lewis of being a drug addict and harassing him ever since he "fired" her in May 2004). The following statement was sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by Lewis earlier today:
"Once again, the 'guitar god' Michael Schenker has chosen to fill his website with letters from fans and not-so-fans, the former more carefully chosen. I was Michael's personal manager from January to May 2004 and my first chores were: get his car out of impound that had been towed away on his 2003 tour (he couldn't find it) and i had it personally delivered to his home; Get back his driver's license that had been suspended because of two drunk-driving arrests one week apart; get him a new green resident alien card, and for the first time in all of his 50 years, file his income tax; get him a great graphic artist to do all his print work for free; and convince him the Dean deal was worth taking. My published letters are signed and and I still work in the music business with major acts in a different capacity — major acts who, for confidentiality reasons, I cannot name here.
"I was the first woman Michael met when he landed on American soil, as my roommate was the tour manager for a band. I had never heard of UFO, not to mention Michael. I knew him as a person, not a guitar hero. I did nothing but help this man who needs to help himself get over his alcohol addiction, which is the reason for all his problems, not Bella Piper and Nancy Lewis. Yet he continues to let his fans think of me as a four-letter word starting with 'c,' owes me over $600 for calls made at his insistence on my cell phone and left my business account overdrawn until the bank closed it. This, my friends, is the 'real' Michael Schenker. Any more detail would be branded as sick and pornographic by anyone's standards. He needs to concentrate on his career and place the blame where it belongs, not on me and Bella Piper — he rehired her! Leopards don't change their spots. Michael's failed career is the fault of one person — Michael. Read his website if you care."