In a bizarre new lawsuit, Bradley Steyn claims he was working as the rocker's bodyguard in May (14) when he was asked by Morrissey and his tour manager to physically harm David Tseng, the webmaster of morrissey-solo.com - and when he turned down the violent request, he was fired.
The Suedehead singer has denied the allegations in a statement posted on True to You, a fansite he endorses, which reads: "I cannot admit to actually 'knowing' Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has 'walked off' three Morrissey tours - which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero."
The rocker adds: "I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to 'hurt' (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn's story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie.
"The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms 'The Morrissey tour', and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention.
"The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with."
Morrissey ends his statement by assuring fans that the matter is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is "subject to both criminal and civil action".