Johnny Rotten and Drummer Robert Williams Argue Their Case on A 1997 Episode of ‘Judge Judy’

In 1997, tour drummer Robert Williams sued John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) for breach of contract and assault and battery. John countered that Robert had quit the band three days before the start of a tour in protest of having to share a hotel room. They both decided to settle the matter on the then popular television show Judge Judy. The matter settled in overwhelmingly in John’s favor, but not without a bit of chiding from the judge.

Judge Judy: Mr. Lydon, shhh, Mr. Lydon, please don’t be disrespectful sir. I haven’t disrespected you, have I?
John Lydon: No, you haven’t. Apologies.
Judge Judy: So let’s not be disrespectful in my home.
John Lydon: It isn’t you that I’m pointing that at. (John pointing at Robert)
Judge Judy: He’s a nudnik but you don’t have to be disrespectful

via Dangerous Minds

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