Lead singer of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, John Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten) appeared before TV's Judge Judy on charges of assault and breach of contract in 1997. He was being sued by the former drummer of P.I.L., Robert Williams. The hearing lasted a very short time.
Judge Judy seemed to find the matter slightly amusing and also seemed to like Lydon despite the fact that she had to instruct him to be quiet on a few occasions. She had no idea who he was and had never heard of his band! She said: "I don't know of this band. This last band I heard was Lawrence Welk… Jimmy Dorsey… Tommy Dorsey… I don't know. Those are bands!"
She said that Williams was a "nudnick" who expected too much order in a chaotic world that is the music business. She suggested he should get himself a nice, quiet office job as it seemed the music industry was not for him.
After that she dismissed the case and John Lydon did not have to pay Williams a cent. In 2008 Lydon was again charged, this time for beating a woman in Los Angeles because his hotel room was not to his liking.