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Did Morrissey Ask a Security Guard to Attack a Fan Site Leader?

'The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money,' Morrissey says, vehemently denying lawsuit claims.

Morrissey can be a salty fellow, but one former security guard has accused him of being downright violent -- something the 55-year-old singer has adamantly denied.

TMZ reports that former bodyguard Bradley Steyn is suing Morrissey after he was fired for allegedly refusing to "hurt" a pesky fan site leader -- David Tseng, who runs Morrissey-solo.com. Steyn says Morrissey asked him if Tseng "could get hurt" and that his tour manager publicly asked if he could be "gotten rid of."

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But according to a statement released Wednesday (July 30) by Morrissey, the allegations are a pure money-grab on Steyn's part. "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," Moz writes. "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."

Steyn was hired after an unruly crowd in San Jose rushed the stage at City National Civic on May 7 and knocked Morrissey to the ground. That show had to be cut short early, much like Morrissey's entire North American tour, which was canceled after the star came down with a respiratory infection.

World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey's 10th solo album, dropped July 15, but the singer currently has no planned tour dates in support of it.