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Billy Corgan: Smashing Pumpkins star leaves TNA Impact Wrestling

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Image caption Billy Corgan has had parallel careers in music and wrestling in recent years

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has left his role as president of TNA Impact Wrestling's parent company after less than three months.

The singer joined Impact Ventures in 2015 and became its president in August. But Impact Ventures has said he is "no longer with the company".

The move comes days after Corgan lost a court battle for control of the company.

He has now claimed he has not been paid and is owed $2.7m (£2.2m).

Writing on Twitter, he said he was "exploring all remedies including new filings with court".

Corgan rose to fame with his rock band in the 1990s and has been involved in the professional wrestling world for several years.

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Image caption Corgan (left) wrestled a Mexican wrestler during the 2010 MTV World Stages concert

He joined Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, as a senior producer in 2015.

As well as moving to the role of president, he has appeared as an on-air personality on the Impact Wrestling TV show, which airs on the Pop TV channel in the US.

On Thursday, Impact Ventures chairman Dixie Carter said the company had received new funding from Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp, which operates Canadian channel Fight Network.

Fight Network wrote on Twitter: "We reject Mr. Corgan's social media comments today re:@IMPACTWRESTLING. The matter is before courts/public discourse is inappropriate.

It added: "There is a solid financial plan for @IMPACTWRESTLING & Mr. Corgan's loan will be dealt with appropriately."

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