Legendary rap group Public Enemy has faced harsh criticism since they reportedly booted Flavor Flav after a legal dispute over Chuck D endorsing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and allowing Bernie to use the band's likeness -- but the group says that's not the reason Flav was given the boot.
Twitter turned on Chuck D, accusing him of siding with a white man over his longtime band member, but according to a statement issued by the group, Flav has been on suspension for years.
"Public Enemy did not part ways with Flavor Flav over his political views," the statement begins.
"Flavor Flav has been on suspension since 2016 when he was MIA from the Harry Belafonte benefit in Atlanta, Georgia. That was the last straw for the group. He had previously missed numerous live gigs from Glastonbury to Canada, album recording sessions and photo shoots. He always chose to party over work," the statement continues.
"Public Enemy Radio toured Europe and co-headlined with the Wu-Tang Clan in May 2019 without Flavor. They have also done numerous benefit shows without Flavor. While Public Enemy Radio was moving forward, Flavor Flav was starring on the reality show Growing Up Hip Hop New York, when an episode featured his children discussing an intervention and putting him into rehab," the group statement continues, concluding, "It's time to move on and everyone wishes Flavor well."
Flavor Flav sued the band last month for allowing Bernie to use the band's likeness. This is the second time that he has sued the group.