Suits bloody suits: Max Cavalera paying ex-sister-in-law for slander in book

Posted by on November 10, 2015

We all know that the relations aren’t the best with Soulfly singer Max Cavalera and that of his former band, Sepultura. And while both Sepultura and Max’s projects are doing fine without each other, there’s still a decent amount of resentment among current and former members of the band, and now Max is going to have to pony up for something he wrote about Igor Cavalera’s ex-wife and Former Sepultura manager Monika Bass Cavalera in a book he wrote. There were several statements in My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly and Beyond, a book he wrote in 2013, about Monika that she took issue with, like this statement:

“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.”

And also this:

“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.”

Monika filed a suit against Max seeking one million Brazilian reals (which is $262,000 in US money) in 2014. On October 28, a San Paulo court ruled in her favor, but instead of one million reals, he only has to pay her 50,000 (or $13,000) as well as covering her legal fees. He also has to publicly recant his statements about her in the book by publishing an acknowledgment of the ruling in three Brazilian newspapers. But hey, $13 grand isn’t a bad settlement given that it’s not likely that all that many people are going to read the  book that haven’t already.


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