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Rose claims that Azoff used deception and even sabotage during GNR's 'Chinese Democracy' cycle to try to achieve his goal. According to a report on TMZ, Rose directly accuses Azoff of "devising and implementing a secret plan to set up Rose and the band for failure so that Rose would have no choice but to reunite with the original Guns N' Roses members."
Furthermore, Rose's countersuit says that the initial lawsuit Azoff filed against him in March uses Rose's adopted childhood name, William Bailey, in an attempt to inflict additional distress on the musician. In 1986, Rose legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose and, according to the suit, has confided to Azoff in the past that his former name "carries significant emotional damage."
Through a spokesperson, Azoff tells Spinner, "On advice of counsel, I cannot respond at this time but will discuss in my upcoming book, 'My Life with William Bill Bailey'."
In addition to formerly managing GNR, Azoff is the executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and is something of a power management guru: past and current clients include the Eagles, Neil Diamond and Van Halen. No word on his involvement in past Van Halen reunions.