Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmates file suit against former drummer over plane crash film

20th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Lynyrd Skynyrd stars Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zant have filed suit in a bid to halt filming on a new movie about the 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Zant and Steven Gaines.

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The current group stars and their bandmates claim Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, which is based on the recollections of former drummer Artimus Pyle, violates a 1988 consent order linked to the use of the band's name.

The lawsuit was made public at the end of last week (16Jun17) and the trial is scheduled for 11 July (17).

The bandmates claim Pyle's account of what happened would destroy their right to use the name and history of Lynyrd Skynyrd, causing "incalculable" loss and irreparable harm.

The legal complaint read: "It may contain a potentially inaccurate or skewed portrayal of Lynyrd Skynyrd's story as filtered solely through the eyes of Pyle masquerading as the 'True Story' of a defining moment in the band's history."

Pyle was one of the 20 people who survived the crash in Mississippi in October, 1977. Van Zant and guitarist Gaines were among the six people who died.

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