Sex Pistols Frontman Credits Mick Jagger with Paying for Sid Vicious' Legal Representation

Following the breakup of the Sex Pistols in January 1978, bassist Sid Vicious began a downward spiral fueled by drug abuse.  By October of that year, Vicious found himself entrenched in a legal battle surrounding the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Nearly three decades later, bandmate Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has stated that Mick Jagger picked up the tab for Vicious’ legal bills, due to an apparent lack of action from band’s then-manager Malcolm McLaren.

“...I heard Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid’s behalf because I don’t think Malcolm lifted a finger,” Rotten recently told Daily Record.  “He just didn’t know what to do.  For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger.”

It appears that Jagger hasn't actually confirmed what Lydon is alleging, however, the ex-Sex Pistols singer continues to praise the Rolling Stones frontman:

“There was activity behind the scenes from Mick Jagger so I applaud him. He never used it to advance himself publicity-wise,” Lydon said.

The Sex Pistols were perhaps the most controversial band in Britain in the late 1970s, with their anti-establishment themed songs and notorious stage antics.  Vicious passed away from an overdose of heroin just four months after Nancy Spungen’s death, having just made bail for charges involving her alleged murder; he was just 21 years old.

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