The Roots cut a former member out of his share of the band’s success after cancer forced him to quit … at least that’s his claim in the lawsuit he’s just filed.
Ex-bass player, Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, started in the Philly band in 1992 — before they were even called The Roots … and played with them until 2007, when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma … a form of blood cancer. The illness forced him to leave the band, 2 years before they started backing Jimmy Fallon on late night TV.
Hub says his deal with the band called for him to continue getting paid as a co-owner. But in his lawsuit, Hub says a former manager for the group sent him a letter in 2014 threatening he was going to lose his health insurance and his cut of the band’s revenues.
He says other band members continue to get a bigger share of the pie than they deserve … while he’s left out in the cold. Hub is suing founding members Questlove and Black Thought and their current manager.