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OFF BEAT: Tommy Lee's former assistant sues for overwork, underpay


Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee's apparent strength is in music, not employee management. Former assistant Michael Anthony Sullivan filed suit against Mr. Lee and his company, Mayhem Touring Inc., in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, according to news reports.

He claims he worked as Mr. Lee's “procurer, Man Friday, chauffeur, guide, bookkeeper, attendant, door-keeper, agent, butler, valet, attendant, cook, shopper, nanny, bodyguard, maid, nurse and nursemaid” from January 2005 to March 2011, and was on call 24/7.

He says there were long periods during which he was required to work seven days a week, and would typically put in 80- to 100-hour work weeks while Mr. Lee was on tour.

Despite this, says Mr. Sullivan, he never received overtime compensation for his extra work. In fact, he claims, Mr. Lee habitually made improper deductions from his pay, including deducting $1,000 a month for rent when Mr. Sullivan moved into Mr. Lee's home to better serve him and his family.

Among other charges, Mr. Sullivan said he lost two potential tour manager jobs because of a smear campaign by Mr. Lee.

He is seeking “no less than $50,000” plus punitive damages “in an amount sufficient to punish Lee and make an example of him.”