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Public Enemy said it is dropping Flavor Flav from the legendary rap group after he accused Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign of using his “unauthorized likeness” to promote a rally in Los Angeles over the weekend. 

“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well,” the group told Rolling Stone in a statement on Sunday.


“Public Enemy Radio, made up of Chuck D, DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws taking it back to hip hop’s original DJ-and-turntablist foundation, will be performing today at the Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles,” the group added in the statement.

The move by the famed hip-hop group follows a cease-and-desist letter that was sent on Friday blasting Sanders's campaign for using Flav's  “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” to promote the candidate’s rally, which took place on Sunday.

“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is. There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav,” a lawyer representing Flav, Matthew Friedman, said in the letter at the time, according to Rolling Stone.

“Flav ... has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle. ... The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading. It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture,” he continued. 

Flav also reportedly wrote in the letter, “Hey Bernie, don’t do this.” 


In a series of tweets explaining the decision to drop Flav on Sunday night, Chuck D reiterated that he and the other members had performed at the rally in Los Angeles under Public Enemy Radio, an offshoot of the hip hop group, according to Rolling Stone.

He added that, had more money been involved with the show, Flav “would’ve been there front and center.” 

“He will NOT do free benefit shows. Sued me in court the 1st time I let him back in. His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home and better find REHAB,” Chuck D continued. 

“My last straw was long ago. It’s not about BERNIE with Flav ... he don’t know the difference between [former NFL running back] Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders. He don’t know either. FLAV refused to support Sankofa after Harry Belafonte inducted us. He don’t do that,” he added. 

A lawyer representing Chuck D also told Rolling Stone that “from a legal standpoint, Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to; he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark.”

“He originally drew the logo himself in the mid-80s, is also the creative visionary and the group’s primary songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable lines,” the lawyer added.