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Azoff Refutes Rose Countersuit Claims

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Irving Azoff has issued the latest broadside in his ongoing legal dispute with his former management client and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

Azoff's Front Line Management originally filed suit against Rose earlier this year, alleging that the performer owed Front Line $1.9 million in fees from an international tour, based on an oral agreement. Rose filed a counter-suit against Azoff, alleging a number of things, including that Azoff attempted to force Axl to reunite with his band and raising anti-trust issues about Azoff's involvement with multiple parts of the live music business as well as the more pedestrian breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties claims.

Rose also took Azoff to task over what he claimed was a failure by Azoff to properly promote GN'R's most recent album "Chinese Democracy", which after ten years in the making proved to be more than a little disappointing from a sales perspective.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Azoff has offered a 14 point refutation of Axl's allegations, stating that the claims fell outside of the statute of limitations, that Rose had consented to Azoff's actions, that Rose failed to take steps to mitigate damage and that the any harm endured by Rose resulted from the singer's own negligence.

Both the suit and countersuit are still on the docket but as of yet, there is no word on when they might come to trial. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers