Soulfly's Max Cavalera

Soulfly’s Max Cavalera Wins Libel Lawsuit Involving His Former Sister-In-Law


Soulfly, etc. frontman/guitarist Max Cavalera can rest a bit easy with a final judgement having been reached in his favor in regards to a libel lawsuit involving his brother Igor Cavalera‘s ex-wife, Monika Bass Cavalera. You may recall that back in 2014  Monika filed a $1 million Brazilian real libel suit against Max in regards to comments he made about her in his autobiography, ‘My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond‘. Among those comments were the following:

“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.”

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“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.”

An initial 2015 ruling went in her favor, awarding her $50,000 Brazilian reals, with Max also being ordered to publicly recant his comments in several Brazilian publications. In a new press release issued on Cavalera‘s behalf on the matter earlier today (October 04th), it has is revealed that Max has ultimately won that case. You can read that below:

“A final decision has been reached in favor of Max Cavalera in the ongoing libel case filed in Brazil by Cavalera‘s former sister-in-law.

The former wife of Cavalera‘s brother Igor alleged that Cavalera defamed her in his 2014 autobiography, My Bloody Roots. Cavalera was initially ordered to pay a sum to the plaintiff, who then wrongfully claimed to have won the case before the final judgment was made.

“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.”

Cavalera won every appeal, the case is considered “res judicata,” meaning it cannot be changed, and Cavalera is released from any obligation toward the plaintiff. Additionally, due to baselessly filing multiple appeals, Cavalera‘s lawyer petitioned the court to penalize the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff will now have to pay a fine of one percent of the total amount she asked for from Cavalera.

Cavalera was represented in this case by Daniela Pasqua of Pasqua Sociedade de Advogados.”