New York - (Rotters): Fraudster pianist Joyce Hatto is once again at the heart of a royalities battle after 1970s UK pop band The Bay City Rollers filed a multi-million dollar law suit in the New York District Court
The writ alleges their record company Arista - now part of Sony BMG - withheld 25 years' worth of payments and instead lined Hatto's pockets as part of some sinister agreement to discredit their talent.
The deposition states that between 1971 and 1977 the Rollers sold 'at least 70 million albums around the world but received only a single royalty payment of about $254,000."'
"And where did the rest of the money go? Bloody Joyce Hatto, that's where," said attorney Joshua Krumholz.
"Here is proof that Hatto claimed copyright of lyrics to monster hits like 'Bye Bye Baby', 'Give a Little Love' and the US number one hit single 'Saturday Night'.
"Arista also paid her for being the band's drummer, lead guitar, saxophonist, lead vocals, backing vocals and double bass."
Neither the band not their attorney could explain why it had taken more than 30 years to notice the discrepancy.
However, a roadie who once pimped for the boys at the Glasgow Gaumont Theater four day musicfest has testified that it's just possible the Rollers were too smashed to notice what was going on financially.
"We're talking album sales, merchandise, commercials, film rights and ringtones during the last 25 years, Krumholz said.
"We're talking conspiracy with Hatto and perversion of poetic justice!"
The case continues.