The Streets star MIKE SKINNER has been accused of stealing lyrics from a
CHRIS PANTON claims he wrote much of Skinner's critically-acclaimed debut
album ORIGINAL PIRATE MATERIAL - but was ousted from The Streets when Skinner
won a record deal.
Panton says, "We were a four-piece and he was our producer. When a record
company offered a deal he signed as a solo artist, forgetting about the rest of
us who were the brains behind the songs. He is now a superstar and people keep
'what is going on?'
"His first hit HAS IT COME TO THIS? was written by me and another guy.
"It's the ultimate betrayal. We were like brothers. Mike would not be in
the position he is in today without me."
Panton also claims to have saved Skinner's life at a party as he lay
inebriated on the floor and in danger of choking to death.
He adds, "When we were 17 I had a party at my house. I saw him (Skinner)
lying on the floor. His face was blue. he was choking on vomit. I scooped sick
out of his throat with my fingers. I should have left him to choke to
Panton's bitterness was compounded when Mike allegedly tried to steal his
A spokesman for the Streets has dismissed Panton's allegations, insisting,
"Chris is an old friend of Mike's. When the relationship ended there was some