Ozzy Osbourne has issued a statement through his reps in response to the lawsuit filed by Robert Daisley, who played bass in Osbourne’s solo band and co-wrote the song “Crazy Train.” Daisley is accusing Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited, of withholding royalties, accusations Osbourne calls “harassment.”
“For the past 36 years Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and cheques from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed,” the statement reads. “Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the U.K. and the U.S. and has lost on each occasion.”
The statement goes on to say that Daisley’s continued accusations of wrongdoing over the past 30-plus years are “tantamount to harassment.”
“We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment,” the statement continues. “We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.”
Daisley joined up with Osbourne in 1979 and co-wrote much of the music on the Black Sabbath frontman’s debut solo album, 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz. He continued to work with Ozzy through his 1991 album, No More Tears.