Lynyrd Skynyrd sues ex-drummer Artimus Pyle


June 20, 2017 – Gary Rossington, Judy Van Zant, Johnny Van Zant and the estates of Lynyrd Skynyrd members killed in the plane crash in 1977 have filed the lawsuit against Pyle and producers of Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, Cleopatra Records, to halt production on the movie, which is already filmed and currently being edited.

Lynyrd Skynyrd argues that Pyle “is free to exploit his own personal life story” for the film, but the biopic violates “a 1988 consent order” where crash survivors agreed to never use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd again in an effort not to capitalize on the tragedy that had befallen the band. It was also agreed that the band would only be able to tour with three or more original members still in the band. Both of those has been strictly enforced, so it is clear that this court case is all about protecting integrity and good name of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Not about money. At all.

Trial has been scheduled for July 11-12.