Tensions between members of legendary rock band Pink Floyd show no signs of improving after vocalist David Gilmour backed wife’s claims that Roger Waters was ‘antisemitic’ and ‘a Putin apologist’.
Earlier this week Polly Samson, 60, made a series of incendiary claims about legendary musician Waters, 79, seemingly in response to an article he had shared concerning Israel.
She had posted a tweet telling Waters he is ‘antisemitic to (his) rotten core’ adding that he was a ‘Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac’.
Bass guitarist Waters has denounced the claims as ‘wildly inaccurate’ and ‘incendiary’, adding that he is ‘taking advice on his position’.
Gilmour, 76, has now supported his wife’s claims on social media, saying that ‘every word’ of her tweet denouncing Waters was ‘demonstrably true’.
Dave Gilmour’s (left) has backed wife Polly Samson (right) who branded Roger Waters a ‘Putin apologist’ and ‘anti-Semitic’
Gilmour showed support for Samson’s unsubstantiated claims on Twitter
Waters has branded Samson’s claims as ‘wildly inaccurate’ and said ‘he is taking advice on his position’
Waters had recently given an interview to German magazine Berliner Zeitung where he denounced claims he was an anti-Semite.
Sharing the article on Twitter, the musician wrote: ‘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.’
In the piece, Water’s expressed several controversial opinions including that ‘Putin may not be a bigger gangster than Joe Biden.’
He wrote: ‘The most important reason for supplying arms to Ukraine is surely profit for the arms industry. And I wonder: is Putin a bigger gangster than Joe Biden and all those in charge of American politics since World War II? I am not so sure. Putin didn’t invade Vietnam or Iraq? Did he?’
He also claimed that Israel was engaged in ‘genocide’ and compared events to the way Great Britain behaved ‘during our colonial period.’
He said: ‘We believed ourselves to be inherently superior to the indigenous people, just as the Israelis do in Palestine. Well, we weren’t and neither are the Israeli Jews.’
Shortly after Waters posted the link to the article, Samson posted a tweet of her own – seemingly in response to the article.
In her tweet, Samson described Waters as a ‘Putin apologist’ who was ‘anti-Semitic to (his) rotten core.’
Waters recently shared a link to an interview he had done covering topics like Putin and Israel
Nick Mason, Dave Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright pose as Pink Floyd in 1973
The fiery comment also contained several other unsubstantiated claims about Waters.
Samson wrote several lyrics for the progressive rock band after Waters stepped away in the 1980s – most notably on the 1994 album The Division Bell.
Shortly afterwards, Waters’ team released a response from his own Twitter account, saying: ‘Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely.
‘He is currently taking advice on his position.’
Roger Waters founded Pink Floyd back in 1965 alongside Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick (drums) and Richard (keyboards, vocals).
David joined the band two years later in 1967, and Syd left the following year due to mental health problems.
There were several reports of in-fighting with the band, with Richard leaving the group in 1979, followed by Roger in 1985.
Roger has amassed a staggering net worth of £247 million thanks to a hugely successful solo career, as well as his companies Roger Waters Music UK and Roger Waters Music Overseas.
MailOnline has reached out to representatives of Roger Waters for comment.