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BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs on stage at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party presented by State Farm at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California.

A bit of a battle is beginning to brew between Chester Bennington‘s ex and current wife.

His ex, Samantha Bennington, took to Facebook for a long diatribe slamming Talinda for not allowing she or her son Draven to speak at Bennington’s funeral and for a general “lack of respect and honesty” towards the singer’s first family. Calling the current Bennington team a “wrecking crew,” Samantha writes that, “We want to speak with the suicide foundation. We want to help others. My son & I have not had an opportunity to speak, not even at the funeral,” which she referred to as “more like checking into KROQ’s Weenie Roast Festival.”

She also slams Talinda for not including 15-year-old Draven in the spreading of his father’s ashes or including them and their guests at the “after bowling celebration” that took place after the funeral. She complains that Bennington’s parents were not at the ceremony or mentioned in the program and writes that, “I’m so disgusted on so many levels! There were many friends & family that should have been there but when you turn a funeral into reducing someone’s life into only 12 years, that’s what you get…You all forget the sacrifice my husband & I made financially & keeping peoples positions in place when we were young and participate making LP even happen. Shame on you!! The truth on every level will come out.”

There is also apparently an issue of allowing Draven to have some of his father’s possessions; Draven does not want to come to the house where Bennington killed himself, and Samantha beseeches Talinda in the message to “not force him to go into that house.” She concludes that, “I hope you like capitalizing on (Bennington’s) death…karma is real. I send you back all your energy to you a thousand time folds. I hope you like what you see. Business is business but I see Zero love.”

Talinda Bennington has not yet responded to the missive.

Linkin Park recently announced plans to honor Bennington with an event in Los Angeles, most likely this fall.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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