DETROIT - Michigan rocker Ted Nugent filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming organizers who canceled a June performance wrongly accused him of making racist comments.
Nugent claims that accusations made by city officials and others, and the cancelation of the June 30 concert, damaged his reputation and career, according to a statement issued by his attorney.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, names the City of Muskegon; Mayor Stephen Warmington; City Manager Bryon Mazade; Meridian Entertainment, the concert's promoter, and others as defendants.
"In a world of political correctness, there is no more reputation-destroying term than racist," Nugent said in the statement. "And the alleged statements falsely attributed to me could not have been more inaccurate or misleading, completely counter to what I stand for."
Officials for the Muskegon Summer Celebration canceled Nugent's appearance after the Motor City Madman did an interview with two Denver disc jockeys in which the DJs say he used slurs when referring to Asians and blacks.
Following discussions with community leaders, Summer Celebration's board decided it was in the best interest of the community to drop Nugent from the festival lineup, city officials said at the time.
Officials for the festival and the city could not be reached for comment late Thursday evening.
Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, morning talk show hosts on radio station KRFX-FM, stopped the live interview with Nugent on May 5 after they said he made the remarks.