Kris Trindl, a founding member of EDM stars Krewella is suing sisters Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf for at least $5 million for kicking him out of the group and for allegedly violating an oath that dates back to the time when the three had “6-8-10” tattooed onto their bodies. The suit alleges that having quit alcohol after rehab, the Yousaf sisters (one of whom was a previous girlfriend) didn’t like the fact that Trindl wouldn’t party, mistook his condition for depression and began scheming to deny him membership in the group and subsequently removed his image from publicity shots and effectively ‘sacked’ Trindl by asking to get treatment for his “depression” for 60 days, meaning the Yousaf sisters could continue as a duo.
The three met as students at Glenbrook North High School and it seems Kris’ career was already beginning to take off in the Chicago music scene, and on June 8th, 2010, the three are said to have marked “a vow to put aside any other career plans outside of music and commit to Krewella” with tattoos of the date. The three then moved into a loft together in Chicago and came up with an idea to mix heavy-metal inspired performances with EDM. The sisters would sing on stage while Trindl would stay behind the sound deck as the DJ. But the huge success would only come after they hooked up with another Glenbrook North High School graduate named Jake Udell, who had gone into marketing and became adept at using social media. Krewella’s success leveraging Twitter and Facebook has been well documented — even the subject of a Billboard profile that told how the group was making ripples in the industry. Not long after the group self-released its first record and video entitled “Killin’ It,” Krewella signed a recording agreement with Columbia Records. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the complaint poses the band’s contractual situation as “even more disorganized and mismanaged than their touring schedule,” with talk of attorneys who worked despite conflicts, a drafted-but-never-signed limited liability company agreement for the band, and registrations of LLCs without a signed operating agreement. Trindl’s complaint demands declaratory and injunctive relief plus damages for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Lanham Act. Trindl is another Dina LaPolt client along with attorney William Hockberg. Richard Busch represets the Yousaf sisters.