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Pink Floyd Co-Founder Considering Legal Action After Ex-Bandmate's Wife Calls Him 'Putin Apologist'

Roger Waters has been feuding with former bandmate David Gilmour for decades—but things recently came to a head over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Roger Waters; David Gilmour
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Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour and former bandmate Roger Waters have been famously feuding for nearly four decades, but the newest accusation at the expense of Waters has the latter considering legal action.

To give you a very brief history, Waters was forced out of the band over creative control and differences in 1985, very soon after Gilmour joined Pink Floyd. Waters pursued a solo career and sought legal action against his former bandmates over the use of the Pink Floyd name.

The latest installation of the drama, however, unfolded when Gilmour's wife Polly Samson called Waters a "misogynistic Putin apologist" in a long string of insults.

The insult seemed to have stemmed from an interview with the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung that Waters posted to his website, translated to English.

He was asked about his thoughts on Pink Floyd's protest song "Hey Hey Rise Up" released last year about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Waters revealed:

"I have seen the video, and I am not surprised, but I find it really, really sad. It's so alien to me."
"This action is so lacking in humanity. It encourages the continuation of war. Pink Floyd is a name I used to be associated with."
"That was a huge time in my life, a very big deal. To associate the name now with something like this... proxy war makes me sad."

He continued:

"I mean, they haven't made the point of demanding, 'Stop the war, stop the slaughter, bring our leaders together to talk!'"
"It's just this content-less waving of the blue and yellow flag."

Waters also shared that he wrote in a letter to Ukrainian teen Alina who asked for his position on the war back in March:

"I will not raise a flag in this conflict, not a Ukrainian flag, not a Russian flag, not a U.S. flag."

He posted part of the letter to Instagram.

Waters has always loudly and proudly publicly shared his political opinions publicly—as he did in his Instagram post—but he has lately come under harsh criticism for his concert rants during his 'This Is not a Drill' tour in which he made many egregious political claims.

Well, Samson wasn't having any of it.

She tweeted:

"Sadly @rogerwaters you are antisemitic to your rotten core."
"Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac."
"Enough of your nonsense."

Her husband seconded the tweet.

"Every word demonstrably true."

People heavily weighed in on Twitter. Many sided with Samson and Gilmour given some of Waters' past comments.





Some, however, came to Waters' defense claiming Samson's slanderous statement is cause enough for a lawsuit.



In response to Samson's claims, Waters tweeted his statement"

"Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely."
"He is currently taking advice as to his position."

Stay tuned...