According to TMZ.com, GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose is threatening legal action against a Los Angeles photographer for allegedly making false statements about him in order to sell her photographs.
Rose‘s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Laura London over a downtown L.A. exhibit called “Once Upon A Time… Axl Rose Was My Neighbor” which purports to “mix actual documentary photographs of a circa-1990 graffiti vandalization of the residence of Erin Everly by her then-husband Axl Rose with London‘s studio and location recreations and interpretations of the main characters in the story — the rock star Axl Rose, his wife Erin Everly, his former girlfriend Stephanie Seymour, Slash (the lead guitarist in the band) and the classic lineup from the GUNS N’ ROSES album ‘Appetite For Destruction’.”
According to the letter, Laura has claimed that her main piece — a photograph of a garage door with “Sweet Child O’Die you R 1 of many nothing special” spray-painted on it — is a picture of Axl‘s garage from years ago. The photographer allegedly advertised the image by claiming that Axl himself spray-painted the garage during a fight with Erin Everly.
But the GUNS N’ ROSES frontman says that statement and the photograph are “outrageous, false, fabricated and highly defamatory.” Axl‘s attorney writes, “Mr. Rose never spray-painted anything. Your salacious and inflammatory statements are plainly designed to garner attention and line your pockets with money.”
Axl is demanding an apology and retraction, and he is requesting that all showings of “Once Upon A Time… Axl Rose Was My Neighbor” be canceled.
“Once Upon A Time” is scheduled to open at Coagula Curatorial Gallery this Saturday, September 29 and run through October 21.
Image below courtesy of Coagula Curatorial