Max Cavalera Wins Lawsuit Against Former Sister-in-Law
Max Cavalera has won a lawsuit against his brother Igor's ex-wife, Monika Bass. Following a critical passage in Max’s 2014 autobiography, My Bloody Roots, Bass sued for libel, but the case has been considered “res judicata.”
Bass filed suit against the Sepultura legend in 2014, seeking one million Brazilian reals (approx. $262,000) in “moral” damages. Cavalera was ordered to pay Bass $13,000 to cover her legal fees and to recant his published comments about her in three separate newspapers.
"I never liked Igor's wife. She was a bitch," Max wrote. "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 [Monika] talked to [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 [Cavalera, Max's wife and former Sepultura manager] job. And she was a dental assistant! How does a dental assistant become a manager? Unbelievable."
Cavalera’s team sent a press release out today (Oct. 4) announcing Max’s victory in court. "It feels great to put this case behind me," Cavalera says. "It was very frustrating knowing I had always been honest about the events of my life, even the negative times. I am grateful to the courts in Brazil for seeing the truth in this matter and letting justice prevail."
With Cavalera having won each appeal, the case is now “res judicata,” meaning it can not be changed and Cavalera is released from any obligation toward the plaintiff.
Cavalera’s lawyer also filed to penalize the plaintiff for filing multiple “baseless” appeals. Bass must now pay Cavalera one percent of the amount she asked in her lawsuit, which amounts to roughly $2,500 today.
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