Roger Waters has threatened legal action against former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson over comments she made on her socials.
This was after Waters caused controversy for comments he made during an interview with the Berliner Zeitung, where he defended some of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
He had also branded Russia president Vladimir Putin a “gangster”.
“The most important reason for supplying arms to Ukraine is surely profit for the arms industry”, Waters claimed.
“And I wonder: is Putin a bigger gangster than Joe Biden and all those in charge of American politics since World War II? I am not so sure. Putin didn’t invade Vietnam or Iraq?”.
Since then, Waters faced huge criticism from Polly Samson, who released this statement.
“Sadly @rogerwaters, you are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching,misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense”, she wrote.
Sadly @rogerwaters you are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching,misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense.
— pollysamson (@PollySamson) February 6, 2023
These sentiments were echoed by her husband David Gilmour, who added, ”Every word demonstrably true”.
Following this, Roger Waters released a statement, threatening legal action against the pair.
A statement read, “Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely. He is currently taking advice as to his position”.
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) February 6, 2023
Last September, Waters had written an open letter to Putin, calling for a ceasefire and diplomatic conclusion to the conflict in Ukraine.
In an extract taken from the letter, Waters wrote, “Would you like to see an end to this war? If you were to reply and say, ‘Yes please.’ That would immediately make things a lot easier. If you were to come out and say, ‘Also the Russian Federation has no further territorial interest beyond the security of the Russian speaking populations of The Crimea, Donetsk and Lubansk [sic].’ That would help too”.
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