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EDM (Early Day Motion) 2394: tabled on 08 November 2011

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that Schillings acting for Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler, the lead singer of the band Evanescence, and her manager Andrew Lurie of 110 Management threatened Sam Smith with legal action unless he agreed to enter into a contract not to report allegations of criminal activity, including abuse and sexual predation and illegal drug use on the band's EvThreads website; recognises that the allegations have not been tested in a court although there is evidence to support them; believes that threats of legal action and the consequential threat of legal costs being claimed should not be used to prevent allegations of wrongdoing being reported to the police or other authorities; further believes that legal actions that prevent information getting to regulatory authorities (including the police) act contrary to the rule of law; calls on the Government to introduce legislationto ensure that such legal actions are considered to be criminal in nature as they are in the US (US Penal Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 73, 1512 (b)(3)); and calls for the band to release Mr Smith from the contract so that he can pass the allegations to the authorities.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.