A US group who are suing X Factor stars One Direction over their band name say they have recieved death threats from the British group's army of teenage fans.
The American group, formed in 2009, are seeking $1 million in damages and a cut of all US profits from record label boss Simon Cowell.
The group's manager claimed yesterday: "It’s black and white what’s been done. We asked Simon Cowell to change their name before they came here. But they ignored us and now we’re reluctantly at this point of legal action.”
But since news of the lawsuit broke this week, the group have been on the receiving end of irate fan girls.
Singer Sean O’Leary told The Sun: “There has been so much hate mail, like people threatening to cut our b***s off."
And the 18-year-old added: “The one that stands out for me is a girl saying she wanted to kill my father.”
A spokesperson for the British One Direction said yesterday: “There is a dispute with a local group in California about the ownership of the One Direction name in the US.
“One Direction’s management tried to resolve the situation amicably when the matter first came to light, but the Californian group has now filed a law suit claiming they own the name.
“One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.”