JELLO BIAFRA Says Frustration With U.S. Legal System Led To Decision To Drop Lawsuit

Former DEAD KENNEDYS singer Jello Biafra has issued a statement blaming his frustration with the U.S. legal system for his label Alternative Tentacles' decision to drop their remaining lawsuit against his old bandmates, according to Billboard.com.

"[We] have thrown up our hands at getting any justice from the three ex-DEAD KENNEDYS' greed-motivated lawsuits, and the shocking denial of our appeal," he said in the statement. "The court refused to hear any evidence of the many shady things they have done since the trial."

Earlier this week, it was reported that Biafra had withdrawn his final appeal of a San Francisco Superior Court conviction for breach of contract and fraud that awarded $220,000 to East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro.

"Ending our defense against their main legal attack does not mean I endorse or recommend any DEAD KENNEDYS releases on Decay Music, Manifesto, Plastic Head, Cleopatra, MVD, etc.," Biafra said, referring to the partnership and companies that have released various DEAD KENNEDYS products in recent years against his wishes. "I can't. I'm too ashamed.

"I'm as proud of DEAD KENNEDYS as I ever was," Biafra added. "It seems obvious I love and respect what we accomplished far more than they ever will."

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