In this week's paper, Keegan Hamilton tells the story of how local singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson, struggling with mental illness, got in over his head, and ended up on the losing end of a federal lawsuit involving the Boss, Arcade Fire, and R.E.M.
After swearing off alcohol several years earlier, Anderson had fallen hard off the wagon and was drinking heavily. He confesses to being "dishonest" about money owed his bandmates, and says his ex-girlfriend discovered he had been unfaithful "to a very sick degree." Most incredible, however, it came to light that he was embroiled in a $250,000 federal lawsuit.
Anderson stood accused of swindling a group of investors by peddling a nonexistent benefit album for the West Memphis Three, young men widely believed to have been wrongfully imprisoned for murders they did not commit. The alleged scheme included forging the signature of Bruce Springsteen's manager and telling a whopper of a lie: The Boss would perform with Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire on the phony charity record.