Friday, September 30, 2022

Johnny Gill Responds to RBRM’s ‘Lies’ About New Edition Trademark Drama

*As previously reported, former New Edition members Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe are hitting the road together next month as RBRM.

But fans hoping to catch Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant with the guys will be greatly disappointed, as Gill is currently doing his own thing performance-wise and Tresvant hosts a radio show.

The RBRM tour is a replacement for the planned New Edition reunion that was scrapped due to tensions within the group.

“It’s not a new name for New Edition. We’re still New Edition. Our names just happen to be Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike. There would be no BBD, RBRM, no Bobby Brown without New Edition,” said Bell in a recent interview.

But when RBRM hit up “The Breakfast Club” this week to explain the New Edition trademark drama with Johnny and Ralph, Gill issued a lengthy response that reads, in part:

“That is a matter that could’ve been reconciled some time ago with an agreement, but instead of hiring an attorney to draw up an agreement amongst us, it seems that they’d rather hire a lawyer to fight us over something so simple.”

Read Johnny’s full statement below.

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New Edition’s Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant

I’m just getting home from vacation and I’m just now seeing a barrage of messages pertaining to the discrepancies surrounding the New Edition trademark. If you notice, Ralph and I have yet to respond to the accusations involving the NE trademark, as airing out internal issues can rarely be seen as integral.

This matter truthfully has nothing to do with the trademark name. We all had a conversation regarding everyone having their names on it, to protect the integrity of the group. Ralph and I suggested that we put together an agreement amongst all of us, that no one person would ever use the name of the group individually, but that it would always be used by the group collectively, so as to avoid any ambiguity by having multiple variations of New Edition in use.

Again, this is not about the name. That is a matter that could’ve been reconciled some time ago with an agreement, but instead of hiring an attorney to draw up an agreement amongst us, it seems that they’d rather hire a lawyer to fight us over something so simple. The REAL truth behind all of this would be devastating to the NE fans. And, thus, Ralph and I have decided to take the high road regarding this matter, while other members continue to behave in a way that’s disrespectful to our legacy when we all know the truth.

The general public only hearing one side of the story and taking sides, is no different than being on a jury and convicting someone without first reviewing at all of the evidence and hearing all parties involved equally. For 35 years this group has always had issues and somehow we’ve managed to move forward in a more than progressive manner. This is not our first irreconciliation, and it most certainly won’t be our last moment tackling issues, as there are certain members involved who seem to believe in taking their issues to social media, as opposed to dealing with things like grown men. That is unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances and will never be cool by my standards.

Choosing sides and not knowing the full truth will only contribute to the climate of any internal problems. At some point, one has to recognize when the battle is beyond himself and let go and let God. If the fans ever want to see this group move forward, this course of action will be best. You can’t be the jury or choose sides because when don’t have all of the info or evidence to be able to make an honest and fair assessment of the situation. However, by now you all have enough to know that we all need your prayers! This is my first and last time addressing the nonsense, the deceit, the manipulation, and more importantly, the lies!

God bless! 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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