Journey's Neal Schon sues former Waseca mayor Judy Kozan

Journey's Neal Schon sues former Waseca mayor Judy Kozan
Photo by Tony Nelson

In a tale ripped straight from the clutches of TMZ, Journey guitarist Neal Schon is involved in a legal battle with Judy Kozan, who used to be the mayor of the southern Minnesota town of Waseca -- and also used to be his mother-in-law.

The rocker, who assured his place in the annals of gossip blog fodder forever with his brashly public relationship with Real Housewives of D.C.'s Michaele Salahi, accuses Kozan of writing libelous blog posts about his inability to support his 33-year-old ex-wife, Amber Schon, and their two young children.

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In a Star Tribune report, the guitarist behind some of the '80s most astronomical solos and Kozan go back and forth over the details of this tawdry business.

While Schon claims he's faced attacks from Kozan online and in the press for years, Kozan heaps blame on British tabloid the Daily Mail, and says she never called him a deadbeat. Neal and Amber Schon were married between 2001 and 2007, and he has reportedly paid her $1.3 million since they split.

The report also includes details of Amber's recent petition for spousal maintenance funds, in which she claimed monthly living expenses of more than $11,000. The judge in the case denied it in January.

Neal Schon, who last performed in the Twin Cities in September 2012 at the Minnesota State Fair, seeks damages in excess of $75,000.

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