Slipknot has officially parted ways with percussionist Chris Fehn, just days after it was reported that Fehn had filed a lawsuit against his bandmates in which he claimed that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group. The band said in a statement, “Slipknot’s focus is on making album #6, and our upcoming shows around the world, our best ever. Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.” Fehn claimed in his lawsuit that he had been told that all the band’s income was being funneled through one company that split the profits between the group members. But he alleged that he recently discovered the existence of several other Slipknot-related business entities through which other members were collecting more money. Fehn specifically accused band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of shady business dealings and demanded a full forensic accounting done on Slipknot’s companies and assets, so that he could collect the damages and profits he believes he is owed. Taylor addressed the accusations via Twitter on Monday (March 18th), saying, “Try being wrongfully accused of stealing money from someone you cared about, and having a lot of your fans believe it.” Fehn, known for wearing a Pinocchio-style mask, has been performing with Slipknot since 1998 and participated in all the band’s albums.