Roger Waters seeks legal advice on "incendiary" tweet by David Gilmour's partner Polly Samson calling Waters "antisemitic to your rotten core": Gilmour says accusation is "demonstrably true"

Roger Waters on stage, and David Gilmour and Polly Samson together
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The long-simmering animosity between Pink Floyd duo Roger Waters and David Gilmour has spilled into the public arena once again, following a tweet from Gilmour's long-time life partner Polly Samson which accuses Waters of being "misogynistic", "sick-with-envy" and "antisemitic to your rotten core".

Waters is seemingly taking legal advice in regards to the post, which he describes as "incendiary and wildly inaccurate".

Tweeting in support of his partner, who wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell album, and a number of Gilmour's solo releases, David Gilmour states that Samson's comments are "demonstrably true".

The social media spat was initiated in the aftermath of a Twitter post by Waters drawing attention to a recent interview he conducted with German newspaper Berliner Zeitung, in which he doubled down on previous comments comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in regards to on-going hostilities with Palestine.

Asked in the interview if he stood by these comments, Waters responded, "Yes, of course. The Israelis are committing genocide. Just like Great Britain did during our colonial period, by the way."

Linking to an English translation of the article, Waters tweeted on February 5: "THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE Against the backdrop of the outrageous and despicable smear campaign by the ISRAELI LOBBY to denounce me as an ANTI-SEMITE, WHICH I AM NOT, NEVER HAVE BEEN and NEVER WILL BE."

Samson's later tweet, which has been viewed 6.7 million times, reads: "Sadly you are antisemitic to your rotten core Roger Waters. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching,misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense."

Gilmour then drew attention to his partner's accusations by retweeting her post, adding "Every word demonstrably true."

"Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely," a post on Waters' social media channels reads. "He is currently taking advice as to his position."

Waters recently claimed he is on a "kill list" supported by the Ukrainian government.

The musician told Rolling Stone: "I'm on the fucking list and they've killed people recently. There was that young Dugina woman [29-year-old Darya Dugina, killed in a car bomb outside Moscow in August] in Paris who I think they were trying to bomb her father. No, in Moscow. They were trying to bomb her father-in-law [her father Aleksandr, a right wing political commentator] and they killed her. But when they kill you, they write liquidated across your picture. Well, I'm one of those fucking pictures."

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Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.

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