November 21, 1990 |
We haven't seen any "Honk if you sang on Milli Vanilli's record" bumper stickers . . . yet. But given the rate Milli Vanilli jokes and gags are proliferating, you should probably check out the car in front of you. Judging by how quickly the nation's comics have jumped on the Milli Vanilli joke wagon, the lip-syncing duo may have a wing of their own in the Easy Target Hall of Fame--right beside Leona Helmsley, Donald Trump and Dan Quayle.
June 10, 1991 |
Two multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits filed against Milli Vanilli's record company have been denied certification by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
November 19, 1990 |
The fans were not amused. The "we were never fans of that techno-pop garbage" people were not surprised. The hip were not paying attention. But everyone had something to say.
November 17, 1990 |
Officials of Arista Records knew that pop duo Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan did not sing on their 7 million-selling "Girl You Know It's True" album before the duo won the 1989 Grammy Award for best new artist of the year, a group member and a former manager said Friday. The allegations contradict claims made by a spokesman for the record company earlier, after record producer Frank Farian and Pilatus admitted the performers did not sing on the album.
November 28, 1990
Rob Pilatus, a member of the lip-syncing pop duo Milli Vanilli, was arrested for investigation of sexual battery Tuesday in West Los Angeles, police said. Pilatus, 26, was arrested at his home on North Beverly Glen Boulevard at 5:30 a.m., officers said. His alleged victim is a 25-year-old woman, police said. Pilatus, whose name was spelled "Pilatos" in the police report, was freed on $10,485 bail shortly after being booked, officers said.
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April 6, 1998 |
Rob Pilatus, a former model whose career with the pop music duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace and drug addiction after it was revealed that the group lip-synched its songs, has died, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday. He was 32. Pilatus was alone when he died in a Frankfurt hotel room late Thursday after consuming alcohol and pills, the newspaper reported.
March 25, 1992 |
In a move likely to fuel debate over lip-sync fakery in the music industry, a Chicago judge granted final approval on Tuesday to a cash rebate to resolve a class-action fraud lawsuit against Milli Vanilli's record company. Under the terms of the agreement, Arista Records and parent Bertelsmann Music Group will offer $1 refunds on Milli Vanilli singles, $2 on cassettes and vinyl albums and $3 on compact discs to fans who submit a bar-code identification tag from merchandise purchased before Nov.
November 22, 1990 |
Scandal and reform. Then more scandal and more reform. Those turkeys keep coming home to roost. This week it's the non-singing singing group Milli Vanilli that's caught up in another show-business scandal. If it makes the Vanillis feel any better in this thank-goodness-it's-Thanksgiving week, there may be hope for them. Look what's happened over on the sports pages: * Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, banned for life for steroid use, is back in business.
August 12, 1991 |
A circuit judge in Chicago is expected to grant preliminary approval today to an unprecedented settlement to resolve a class-action fraud lawsuit filed against Milli Vanilli's record company. If approved, the settlement could take effect as early as September and potentially cost Arista Records and its parent company, Bertelsmann Music Group, millions of dollars--$225,000 of which the company has pledged to donate to court-approved charities.