Axl Rose is suing his former manager for $5 million
Irving Azoff originally filed a suit against Axl in March for reportedly not paying him the agreed percentage of earnings from a tour.
But now the rocker has fired back, and is suing Irving for having "abandoned Guns N` Roses on the eve of a major tour, filing suit for commissions he didn`t earn and had no right to receive".
Axl is also accusing Irving of not properly promoting his long-awaited 2008 album `Chinese Democracy` in an attempt to bully him to reform with the original line-up - which included guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
`Chinese Democracy` was the Guns N` Roses album made by Axl and various musicians which took around 14 years to make and failed to reach the heights of the band`s 90s heyday.
Axl is demanding more than $5 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract.
Irving said: "On advice of counsel I cannot respond at this time, but will discuss in my upcoming book, `My Life with William Bill Bailey`."
William Bill Bailey is Axl`s childhood name, and the `Welcome to the Jungle` star believes Irving is taking a swipe at him by filing the lawsuit in that name.
According to a source, the name William Bailey "carries significant emotional damage from Rose`s childhood" which Irving would have known about from numerous personal conversations.