Funk Legend George Clinton Accused of Drug Peddling, Theft by Bandmate's Widow

Monica Otayza
May 14, 2019
12:21 P.M.
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Funk Legend George Clinton is now under the spotlight after his band member's window accused him of drug peddling and theft. He allegedly offered his bandmates bumps of cocaine from his "long fingernail."


George Clinton allegedly turned his band members into drug fiends which eventually cost them a lot of money as they tried to enter rehab for their addiction. The estate of George "Bernie" Worrell Jr. recently filed a lawsuit against Clinton. Worrell was his former bandmate who co-wrote and performed on the majority of his songs from the 1970s to the 1980s, including those he did in collaboration with Parliament Funkadelic.


Unpaid Royalties

Although George Worrell Jr. passed away in June 2016, his widow revealed to The Blast that Bernie and Clinton had an agreement on royalties which they agreed upon way back in 1976. However, this agreement was never met even after his death.

“Clinton has a history of fraud, deceit, and delinquency when it comes to the performance of contracts that he has entered into on behalf of himself or his companies.”


Unwanted Drugs

She also recalled a recent documentary that featured Clinton's other band members accusing him of providing them with a lot of drugs and later on deducting their payments from their paychecks. This occurred even when his bandmates did not want drugs as they needed to save up for their families. This documentary was titled "Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic."

Band member Gardy Thomas also recounts how Clinton would just use his long fingernail to give people cocaine bumps.

“[Clinton] had a long fingernail. And he would go around and…, ‘hey man, here. Have some.’”


He used his "drug supplier" role as a way to control his band members and the money that they received from royalties and live performances.

“Clinton’s drug culture caused many of the band members to become addicts who had to seek treatment for their addiction later in life.”

Now, Bernie's estate is suing Clinton for an undisclosed amount.