Ex-Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext sues label exec, who calls claims of using racial slurs “categorically false”

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Ex-Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext is suing Allen Kovac, the CEO of his former band’s record label, Better Noise Music.

According to TMZ, Vext alleges that Kovac forced him out of Bad Wolves due to his political beliefs, including his support for former President Donald Trump and his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement. He also accuses Kovac of using racial slurs in conversations with him.

Vext claims Kovac demanded radio stations and streaming services pull Bad Wolves music in an effort to get him to quit music altogether, all while attempting to stop him from posting more of his political opinions. Eventually, Vext says, Kovac set his sights on kicking him out of Bad Wolves.

“For several years I’ve poured all of my energy and passion into building Bad Wolves,” Vext tells TMZ. “We’ve toured the world several times and charted 6 Billboard number 1 singles. All the while I’ve had to endure disparaging, manipulative and at times racially charged misconduct from my former manager Allen Kova[c] and his record company Better Noise Music.”

“Allen has forced me out of my own band and is now attempting to slander and cancel me,” Vext adds. “After several failed attempts to settle amicably, I’m now forced to place this in the hands of the courts.”

In a statement, Kovac calls Vext’s claims “categorically false,” and alleges that he’s trying to “extort” Better Noise Music.

“In 40 years in the music business, I have never made any derogatory racist comments, been accused of doing so, or been sued by an artist,” Kovac says. “Tommy Vext, a self-proclaimed QAnon supporter, has dragged us into a ridiculous, unfounded narrative that falsely paints him as a victim.”

Bad Wolves members John Boecklin and Doc Coyle add, “In all our dealings with Allen Kovac, he has never used any derogatory racial slurs. Tommy is making all of this up. Period.”

Bad Wolves announced in January that they’d parted ways with Vext. He’s since been replaced by Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz.

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