In the latest development surrounding the renowned pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, legal tensions are escalating as Daryl Hall accuses John Oates of a significant breach of trust.

Recently filed legal documents reveal Hall’s allegations, stating that Oates engaged in the “ultimate partnership betrayal” by attempting to sell half of Whole Oats Enterprises LLP’s assets without obtaining Hall’s approval. Whole Oats Enterprises LLP holds crucial rights, including trademarks, personal names and likenesses, royalty income, and specific social media and website assets related to Hall & Oates.

Hall contends in a filed declaration that Oates “falsely” asserted his intention to maintain ownership in the enterprise, resulting in what Hall describes as “bad faith conduct” causing “tremendous upheaval, harm, and difficulty in my life, not to mention unnecessary expense and burden.”

Responding to the accusations, Oates filed a declaration on Wednesday, vehemently denying Hall’s claims, asserting that they are “not true.” The legal dispute has further intensified as Hall previously filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Oates in Nashville’s chancery court, citing a “contract/debt” dispute, as indicated in court records from the previous week.