Boyd Tinsley Responds: (Former Employee Sues Dave Matthews Band Star)

Within hours of Rothenberg’s filing, lawyers for Tinsley filed a 150-page request for sanctions against him and his former Richmond lawyer, Hayden Fisher. It says Rothenberg’s lawsuit “represents the latest effort in an ongoing course of conduct by Rothenberg intended to harass, harm, and extort money from Tinsley.”

A hearing before a judge is set for next week.

“I’m deeply saddened by this whole situation,” Tinsley told Style in a statement through publicist Matthew Traub. “Every time I think it’s as bad as it can be, it gets worse.

“I trusted Andy, he was an important part of my life, and in return he stole from me. Despite that, during the criminal process I asked that he receive mental health care instead of incarceration, which resulted in a significantly reduced sentence. Now, after his jail term, he is desperately lashing out with outrageous and false accusations, a work of pure fiction, in an attempt for more money.”

In his filing, Tinsley says Rothenberg’s claims are baseless and that his lawsuit amounts to a failed attempt at extortion. Tinsley’s motion says that since January 2014, Rothenberg has been threatening to file the suit and alert the media unless Tinsley paid Rothenberg a multimillion-dollar settlement. Tinsley repeatedly refused, he says in his filing.

“The only plausible explanation for inclusion of these allegations is that they are intended for the improper purposes of harassing Tinsley, damaging his reputation, and pressuring him to pay Rothenberg a substantial sum of money to avoid the negative publicity that would ensue with their publication,” Tinsley’s lawyer Michael Mueller wrote.

Mueller’s filing asks a judge to strike Rothenberg’s suit and requests that Rothenberg and his lawyer, Fisher, be ordered to pay attorney fees and other reasonable costs that Tinsley incurred responding to the suit and the previous threats of litigation.

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