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A Pistol In The Dock: John Lydon on Judge Judy, 1997
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I did not know this existed, but I’m glad it does, as it has made my day a whole lot brighter!

in 1997, former Public Image Limited drummer Robert Williams brought an action against John Lydon for breach of contract and assault and battery. The suit got played out on daytime TV, in front of the nation, and the one and only Judge Judy. What the hell were they thinking?!

Lydon comes out of this looking good, despite being accused of head-butting Williams at a Japanese restaurant and firing him for no good reason, three days before an American tour. Williams protests that he did not want to share a room with two other musicians while on the tour, and thus was let go.

SPOILERS: Williams loses, and faces a stern telling off from Judy, who advises him that the music industry is full of strange characters unlike any other business, and that perhaps he is in the wrong trade.

Yeah, Judy doesn’t like WIlliams much, you can tell. It looks as if she takes a shine to Lydon though, despite having to calm his boisterousness by telling him to keep quiet on many occasions.

Perhaps this was the moment Lydon’s ambition as a TV presenter was born. Who knows? But it certainly deserves its place in his canon of classic television appearances.

Thanks Freddy!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

John Lydon’s stance on drugs upsets Conservative politician on British TV

Life First, Money Second: John Lydon interview from 1990

Post-Pistols, pre PIL: John Lydon interview, 1978

Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
05:32 pm



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