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Daryl Hall Accuses John Oates of ‘Ambushing’ Him in New Court Filing

Daryl Hall Accuses John Oates of ‘Ambushing’ Him in New Court Filing

An ongoing court battle between Daryl Hall and John Oates took a very weird turn on Thursday as their battle heats up. Hall is accusing Oates of “ambushing” him over Oates’ plans to sell his part of their Whole Oats Enterprises, LLP, to Primary Wave.

“This recent bad faith conduct by John Oates and the Oates Trust has created tremendous upheaval, harm, and difficulty in my life,” Hall, 77, wrote in the new Nov. 29 filing obtained by People. “Not to mention unnecessary expense and burden, during a time when I am in the middle of a tour throughout the U.S. West Coast, Japan, and Manila and need to focus and perform at top level.

“I believe that John Oates timed the Unauthorized Transaction to create the most harm to me,” Hall said. “Respectfully, he must be stopped from this latest wrongdoing and his malicious conduct reined in once and for all.”

Later on, Daryl Hall called the move “completely clandestine.”

Daryl Hall Calls Out John Oates’ Behavior

“His behavior has become adversarial and aggressive instead of professional and courteous,” Hall wrote. “He began making numerous demands upon me related to, among other things, the social media and trademark assets in WOE, creating disagreements brought to my door by a revolving cast of lawyers.

“It appears to me that John Oates’ intent has become to burden and harass me without regard to my interests as his business partner, or the interests of WOE.”

Then, hours later, John Oates decided to play some hardball. He filed a statement in response to Daryl Hall’s statement. Oates is “tremendously disappointed” over Hall. This spread over choosing to make “inflammatory, outlandish, and inaccurate statements about me.”

Oates Has ‘No Idea’ What Is Causing Hall To Act This Way

“I have no idea who or what is motivating Daryl to take these steps and make such salacious statements, but I am deeply hurt,” Oates wrote, in a statement.

This is just the latest development in the musicians’ intense legal battle. Daryl Hall initially filed his lawsuit against Oates in Nashville on Nov. 16. Hall and his organization, the Daryl Hall Revocable Trust, are suing Oates’ trust, the John W. Oates TISA Trust, and its co-trustees.

Chancellor Russell T. Perkins of the Davidson County Chancery Court unsealed the paper. Primary Wave held a “significant interest” in the band’s catalog for over 15 years.

John Oates’ other public statement as the feud heats up came when he shared a cryptic statement on Thanksgiving.

“During this time of communal reflection and connection with loved ones, let’s not forget those experiencing challenges globally,” Oates wrote at the time. “As we come together, consider reaching out to support those in need — whether through local charities or international humanitarian initiatives. May our collective efforts contribute to a more compassionate and supportive world.”