Morrissey's guitarist Jesse Tobias has blasted the headliner's tour support act in a new online missive, revealing it has been "disheartening" to read her remarks after illness forced the singer to scrap a U.S. tour.
The former The Smiths star cancelled the remainder of a U.S. tour after falling ill with a respiratory infection he claimed had been passed to him by opening act Kristeen Young.
Young responded by releasing a statement denying Morrissey's charges and claiming she was asked to leave the tour before it was scrapped.
Now Tobias is firing back at her remarks in a statement released to TruetoYou.com.
He writes, "It's been quite Disheartening to see the Facebook Hatred thrown about by Our Former Friends/Working Partners... I do feel that Someone needs to Speak Up for Moz (Morrissey) in this situation as it is unbearable to watch people you once trusted, Attack and Pick Away at your Friend.
"In my experience Anyone associated with the Morrissey Camp know they are solely there because of Morrissey himself. He chooses to tour/work with certain people. For Kristeen... to go on about Her being better off now, without considering Morrissey's 9 years of help and promotion is Very Disappointing."
And the guitarist adds, "Only speaking from my experience, with the crew and Moz falling ill in Miami, for Kristeen to deny she was truly sick seems disingenuous. I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell. Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.
"I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement. One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter."
Tobias also takes aim at producer Tony Visconti, who 'liked' Young's Facebook post, adding, "This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on Facebook that 'she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?' is Repulsive. This is a Man who worked closely with us on a record and several sessions that Suddenly flips into Schoolgirl mode with 'yeah, you tell em' Chatter...?"
He closes his statement with the words "Good Riddance to False Friends."