Muse have responded to a $3.5 million lawsuit from a man who claims they stole the concept for their 2009 song "Exogenesis".
Charles Bolfrass says he approached Muse and two other bands in 2005 with a view to write a "cinematic rock opera" set in space after an apocalypse, and claims that after rejecting his idea they stole the concept for their 2009 album "The Resistance", along with an image from his story boards which allegedly appears on the album cover.
Now a spokesman for the band has dismissed the lawsuit.
"The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of," said the spokesperson (via NME). "It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations."
Label Warner Brothers was also targeted in the suit for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition.
Muse are set to release their sixth studio album "The 2nd Law" on October 1. They will commence on a European tour on September 20, though US tour dates are yet to be announced.