Former LSU band director files lawsuit against LSU leaders

Former LSU band director files lawsuit against LSU leaders

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The former Tiger Band director is firing back at LSU two weeks after the university fired him.

Roy King's lawyer, Jill Craft, filed a 19-page lawsuit against a host of LSU leaders, including President F. King Alexander and the LSU Board of Supervisors.

LSU officials fired King after placing him on administrative leave on April 6. The firing was the result of a nearly four-month long internal investigation into King. A termination letter was mailed to King on April 19.

King has been a part of the Tiger band program for 18 years.

Craft said King, who was named National Band Director of the Year in 2014, got caught in a turf war over money and who controls it for the Tiger Band.

"The problem with what's happening to Mr. King is he was caught in the middle of it and starting blowing the whistle about it," Craft said.

LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard released the following statement concerning the lawsuit and King's firing:

"The university does not take this type of action lightly. In this case, both an audit and a separate investigation led to the decision that it was necessary to terminate Mr. King's employment."

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