Morrisey has denied reports that he ordered his former bodyguard to cause ‘harm’ to a David Tseng who runs a fan site dedicated to the former Smiths frontman.
The singer has rubbished the allegations and branded them as a “vexatious lie”.
According to the singer’s former security guard, Bradley Steyn, he claims that he was sacked by Moz for refusing to ‘hurt’ the creator of the Morrissey-solo.com fan site. Steyn added that Morrissey’s tour manager inquired if the website operator “could be gotten rid of.” Read more about his claims on Nova’s website here.
Morrissey posted a response to Steyn’s allegations on the website True To You. In the letter the singer claims his interactions with Steyn “has been zero,” and says the former bodyguard “has ‘walked off’ three Morrissey tours.”
Moz admitted he has had problems with the Morrissey-solo.com creator David Tseng, even once wearing a ‘F**k Morrissey-Solo.com’ t-shirt at one of his concerts.
The singer also stated that Steyn had never been head of security for any Morrissey tour.
Here’s the full Morrissey statement:
“I cannot admit to actually “knowing” Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has “walked off” three Morrissey tours – which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero, and he has certainly never been Head Of Security on any Morrissey tour.
I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to “hurt” (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn’s story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie. It is common knowledge that I dislike the SoLow site, and I am aware that all of the opinions posted on the site are controlled or written by David Tseng, and that David Tseng will give maximum and inexhaustive publicity to anything said in the negative about me. This is a general truth that most people accept about SoLow. It is nothing new, and I have long since learned to accept it.
The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.
The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms “the Morrissey tour”, and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone’s attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now – mysteriously – wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Please note that Bradley Steyn’s statement is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is subject to both criminal and civil action.