Meanwhile, Morvan and Pilatus always maintained that they were lured in by Farian’s promises. They argued that they had signed a contract after the producer gave the duo a considerable advance of money. The men subsequently spent most of the money, only to be told afterwards that they would be lip-syncing the songs. And by then, they had no way to pay back the cash, and reluctantly had to agree to the deal.
Indeed, a 1989 interview given to the LA Times before everything went wrong showed how much was at stake for Pilatus. He explained, “I want to show my countrymen what has happened to us, what I’m capable of. The Germans are very critical. They like to drag acts down. They make you feel you’re not so good – not so important. But now we are important. We’re on top in the United States.”
Meanwhile, Milli Vanilli’s popularity continued to soar. And at the height of their fame, Pilatus reportedly claimed that the band had done more to contribute to popular music than artists like Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan. Pilatus later denied he said anything of the sort, but the damage was already done. Then something very odd happened at one of their concerts.