Court Orders Max Cavalera to Pay Igor Cavalera’s Ex-Wife $13,000 for Libel
JusBrazil reports that Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Killer Be Killed, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura) has been ordered by Brazilian courts to pay R$50,000 — slightly more than $13k U.S. — to Monika Bass Cavalera, ex-wife of his brother, drummer Igor Cavalera. The reason? Max wrote some, um, unflattering things about Monika in his autobiography, My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond. Things like…
“I never liked Igor‘s wife [Monika.] 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.”
“There was something about the way she talked to him [Igor] that always bothered me. She’d say stuff like, ‘My father is rich: he can provide me with a big house and a great life. You’d better do better than that.’ In front of everybody. I couldn’t stand her, man. I still can’t. I found out later that she became [Sepultura‘s] manager and was the person who wanted and took Gloria‘s job. And she was a dental assistant! How does a dental assistant become a manager? Unbelievable.”
Cavalera has also been ordered to make public apologies to Monika in three Brazilian newspapers.
So, on the one hand, that sucks for Max. On the other hand, $13,000 feels like a relatively small sum, all things considered. A few years ago, Jesse Ventura (yes, the pro wrestler turned governor of Minnesota) was awared $1.8 million for things that Chris Kyle (yes, the American Sniper guy) said in his book and subsequent promotional interviews. So this could have been much worse. Thirteen grand is, what, the cost of an Incite album? Monika may have actually just done the world a favor.
[via The PRP]