The record producer suing Phoebe Bridgers for defamation still did not serve the indie rocker in his lawsuit – but he has already filed an amended complaint with dozens of personal text messages attached.
The new copy of the lawsuit you got rolling rock, includes more than 100 pages of text exchanges between plaintiff Chris Nelson — owner of Los Angeles studio Sound Space — and the Grammy-nominated “Kyoto” artist dating back to 2016.
In a statement, Nelson said he believed the messages “proved that everything Phoebe said about me was false.” He is currently accusing Bridgers of joining what he calls a “revenge plot” against his ex-girlfriend Emily Bannon by directing her 500,000 followers to Bannon’s October 2020 Instagram story titled, “I stand in solidarity with those who make allegations against Chris Nelson.” The thread accused Nelson. Fraud, theft and violence.
According to Nelson, he, Bannon, and Bridgers engaged in sexual attempts together during his relationship with Bannon. By introducing his text history with Bridgers, he aims to show that their relationship was cordial and remained even after his separation from Bannon at the end of 2019. Nelson specifically highlights a text that Bridgers allegedly sent to him on August 19, 2020, in which a musician responds to Nelson wishing Her happy birthday by writing, “Belated thanks for that sir! Still no one will beat your present last year. My most precious possession.” The gift in question was “a rare guitar worth thousands of dollars,” according to Nelson’s note.
But Bannon’s new papers say he has combined “all” of his texts with Bridgers, ostensibly showing she hasn’t messaged him since August 2020 — or for the two months leading up to her Instagram story. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist has not received any of Nelson’s complaints and has not commented on the issue.
When Bridgers expressed her support for Bannon through her October 2020 post, she claimed that she “witnessed and could personally verify much of the abuse (grooming, robbery, violence) committed by Chris Nelson, owner of a studio called Sound Space,” according to Nelson’s complaints.
“Who knows? [Nelson], or considering working with him, or wanting to learn more, there is an amazingly clear account on @emilybannon’s page as a highlight. A TRIGGER warning for basically everything, “Bridgers post allegedly read.
Nelson sued Bridgers for the first time on September 28 alleging that she posted the comments “maliciously and intentionally” knowing they were “wrong”. He said the “misleading” statements caused him to incur at least $3.8 million in damages.
“As a result of Defendant Bridgers’ statements, the musicians and performers removed the Plaintiff from their projects and stripped the Plaintiff of the credits he received in producing their music,” Nelson’s lawsuit alleges.
Nelson previously sued Bannon for defamation in December 2020. In response, Bannon stated that she lived with Nelson during their year-long relationship and “began to see certain behaviors that bothered me.” She said the behaviors prompted her to end the relationship, and then, in the middle of 2020, she “closed or came into contact with a variety of individuals” who also knew Nelson, she claimed. “Many of the discussions involved Nelson’s abusive and/or criminal behavior and how similar it was from person to person,” she wrote in an sworn statement filed in February.
Bannon said she posted her story on Instagram “so that his future clients are aware.”
The next court session relating to Nelson v. Bannon is scheduled for January 26.
In another lawsuit filed last December, Nelson accused actress, singer-songwriter Noel Wells of making “false, defamatory and misleading” comments when she allegedly warned indie rock band Big Thief not to work with him in July 2020.
In a request for response, Wells and her legal team argued that she sent a warning email to Big Thief’s manager in a protected effort to “assist” the band in their right to appoint – or not to appoint – anyone they choose in promoting their practice of freedom of artistic expression.
The next hearing in this case is scheduled for January 5, 2022.