Max Cavalera Found Guilty in Libel Case Against Former Sister-in-Law
Published Nov 10, 2015A Brazilian judge has ordered Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy leader Max Cavalera to pay his former sister-in-law roughly $17,000 CDN in damages for libeling her in his autobiography, My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond.
Monika Bass Cavalera had filed the lawsuit last year for one million Brazilian reals (approximately $350,000 CDN) in "moral" damages. This owed to being called a "bitch" in print and being accused of trying to "pick up" the former Sepultura member before she became involved with his brother, Igor Cavalera. Her business judgement, stemming from her role as band manager following Max's departure, was also called into question.
An excerpt from the book reads:
I never liked Igor's wife. She was a bitch. They're finally divorced now, thank God. When we first met her, she tried to pick me up, but I didn't want anything to do with her. A couple of weeks later, she was with my brother, which I always felt was kinda weird, like he was the second-best option or something. That always bugged me. But he fell in love with her anyway.
An October 28 ruling from a Sao Paolo judge didn't grant Monika Bass Cavalera the full sum, but she will be paid $17,000 CDN to cover court costs and more. Additionally, Max Cavalera will have to recant his words and acknowledge the ruling in three Brazilian newspapers: O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de São Paulo and Correio Brasiliense.
My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond was released in South America in 2013 and published in North America in the spring of 2014. The book was written by Cavalera, with the assistance of Joel McIver.
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