Earlier this week, TMZ reported that the wife of Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody had filed for divorce and made claims of domestic violence. Now, the band’s manager has responded with an official statement.
To recap, TMZ’s story on Wednesday (Aug. 12) claimed that a woman named Holly Smith had filed for divorce from Moody, alleging that he attacked her in a Las Vegas hotel room earlier this year. The website added that Moody was arrested for the incident but the charges were later dropped. In response to the story, Moody’s FFDP bandmate Zoltan Bathory tweeted that he was certain the singer is not even married.
A new statement from Five Finger Death Punch manager Allen Kovac issued today (Aug. 14) reads as follows:
Holly Smith has made claims of domestic violence that were dismissed on July 14th, 2015. She has also claimed that she was married to Ivan Moody, which Ivan denies. A search of county clerk records in the location she claims to have gotten married showed no marriage certificate. Ms. Smith has also made statements alleging that Moody is the father of her child which has also been shown to be untrue.
We look forward to proving that there are no grounds for divorce in this case and that Ms Smith is not a credible source of information. Nobody in FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH condones domestic violence or abuse of any kind. The media attention is rife with false allegations and we hope that the media will start to follow the facts so that Ivan can move on.
Given the shameless attempt to become a media star with these false allegations, I think FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH can take this 15 minutes of fame and use the situation to promote their 6th album (GOT YOUR SIX, due out 9/4) and US tour (with Papa Roach, also starting on 9/4) as well. Early projections show the album looks to debut at #1 – we want to thank Ms Smith and TMZ for all their help!
On Thursday (Aug. 13), TMZ also reported that Moody’s sister had sought and obtained a restraining order against the FFDP frontman. The band’s management has not responded to that story as of yet.
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