Breaking up is hard to do, and sometimes it may cost $5 million dollars. Kris ‘Rain Main’ Trindl is reportedly suing the electronic dance music duo for ousting him from the group for the fact that he wouldn’t party anymore.
EDM group Krewella is involved in a nasty internal lawsuit. Kris “Rain Man” Trindl, a founding member, is reportedly suing sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf for at least $5 million for forcing him out of the group for getting sober.
Krewell Fires ‘Rain Man,’ Who Strikes Back With $5 Million Lawsuit
Kris claims he sought treatment to deal with alcoholism and after he got sober, the sisters didn’t like the fact that he wouldn’t party anymore. Yasmine and Jahan allegedly mistook Kris’ condition for depression and began to deny him membership in the group, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“From March of 2012 until March of 2013, it was non-stop music, good times and partying for the members of Krewella, and the money started rolling in,” Kris’ lawsuit states. “Kris and the Yousaf sisters were public about their drinking and partying, posting on the Internet video dispatches from the road that only served to stoke their popularity with an ever-growing worldwide fan base.”
Kris, who served as the group’s DJ, says the fast pace began to take a toll on Krewella.
“Kris used alcohol to try to cope with the pressure,” his lawsuit states. “By late summer of 2013, he knew he had a drinking problem and checked himself into a detox program and then a 30-day rehab program.”
While in rehab, Kris continued writing songs and even produced a remix of Fall Out Boy‘s “Alone Together.” After some time, he reportedly got sober and went back on the road with the group.
“But the Yousaf sisters didn’t like the new, sober Kris, who took care of business but did not party or drink anymore,” continues the lawsuit. “They thought he was depressed, although he explained it was just part of the recovery process.”
‘Rain Man’ Confronted With An Intervention
After Kris missed a flight to perform with the band at Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico, he was confronted with an intervention where he was asked to get help for depression while the sisters continued touring, according Radio.com.
When Kris saw a billboard on L.A.’s Sunset Strip, promoting the group as a duo, he sought legal counsel.
Among the issues being debated by both parties include “whether [Kris] should resign from the band, check himself into rehab for 60 days, and then possibly rejoin the band if the Yousaf sisters allowed.”
Fans on Twitter have not reacted well to the group’s split. They have expressed mostly negative emotions about Kris’ firing.
I’d much rather see Rainman DJ than the Krewella sisters..
— Daniel S. (@Edmism) October 1, 2014
I hope rainman gets the 5Million and also gets the @Krewella name!!… How does one kick out the guy who got y’all famous? Get real ladies
— Freddy Avila (@Fredwerdz) October 1, 2014
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