Madchild Sued by David Waltho
Madchild, a Swollen Members rapper whose real name is Shane Bunting, is being sued for a dispute about the Battle Axe Warrior Movement.
David Waltho, a Chilliwack man, claims he was a partner with Madchild of the Battle Axe Warriors movement founded in January 2010. The lawsuit also names Kevin Zinger, founder of U.S. Suburban Noize records, and Kyle Kraft, a Canadian hip hop artist, for supposedly pushing Waltho out of the business.
It is reported that Waltho has not received any repayments for his investment in the movement even after all the repeated promises from Bunting. The Battle Axe Warriors movement was developed for merchandising, and Waltho was responsible for developing the brand with a marketing strategy. He was also in charge of managing online chat forums, websties, and social media.
He invested $5,000 into the partnership that, according to the lawsuit, Madchild never gave any official indication was registered.
Just as Battle Axe Warriors began to make revenues through a larger fan base, it is around this time that the relationship between Waltho and Bunting became strained. The cause: Bunting had invited Zinger and Kraft into the partnership.
Along with no acknowledgement of the partnership, Waltho claims Bunting signed a promissory note recognizing the loans and partnership but received many late payments with excuses. Some of the loans Waltho made for Bunting were $6,500 for a Harley Davidson motorcycle, $8,500 for a 1969 Ford Mustang, and $5,000 for food, gas, cigarettes, housing, and artwork. He also invested in two of Madchild‘s albums, one of them including Dope Sick. Waltho was supposed to receive a percentage of royalties in return.
Bunting was not reached for a comment on Waltho seeking a public declaration of their partnership along with a repayment of his investments and royalties. No claims have been proven in court yet as Waltho sues Zinger and Kraft for “fair market value” of his partnership share in the movement.