Public Enemy Split With Flavor Flav Amid Dispute Over Bernie Sanders Rally

Iconic rap band Public Enemy have fired founding member Flavor Flav after the band members went through an internal dispute over performing at a Bernie Sanders rally.

Flav had sent a cease and desist letter to Sanders in response to the announcement that group co-founder Chuck D planned to perform under the group’s name at a rally for the presidential candidate.

“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the group said a statement. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”

The statement said that Public Enemy Radio, a Public Enemy offshoot led by Chuck D and featuring DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws would go on with their plan to perform at Sanders’ rally at the Los Angeles Convention Center last Sunday.

On Friday, Flav’s lawyer sent a letter to the Sanders campaign alleging that the performance at the political rally would use Flav’s “unauthorized likeness” and “image” for promotion purposes.

“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav,” the letter read.

Sanders, who held a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Sunday, used both Public Enemy’s name and the title of their song “Fight the Power” on promotional items.

Posters for the event said “Fight the Power” in red at the top with “Bernie Sanders + Public Enemy” on the bottom.

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