NewsJanuary 16, 2023 10:45 PM ET6,901 views

Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland sues ex-wife for defamation

Wes Borland

As reported by Rolling Stone and seen on ThePRP, Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland is suing his ex-wife Carré Callaway (also known as Queen Kwong). The couple were married between 2016 and January of 2019. They appeared together on DIY Network's reality show "Sight Unseen" for one season. Borland also performed with Callaway in Queen Kwong.

The current dispute between the couple is related to an agreement they signed during their divorce. In it, both parties agreed that neither could defame the other's reputation.

This particular matter revolves around an interview Callaway did with Bandcamp Daily in 2022. Callaway says in the interview that Borland told her to leave his Detroit-area home with several rescue cats within three days of thier split. She claims Daisy, a cat she sang tribute to on her album "The Mourning Song", died a week after he left, since she could not care for her on her own.

Therefore, Borland has accused Callaway of violating their divorce agreement, as well as defaming him and damaging his reputation. Callaway is being sued for $5,000 plus costs and a sanction by the court.

According to Callaway's statement to Rolling Stone:

"The TRUTH CANNOT BE DEFAMATORY. This action is simply a tactic to bully, intimidate, and silence me. This is an attempt to financially ruin me, exhaust my physical well-being and denigrate my credibility with the explicit intent of causing harm to my career.

This is an overall attack on freedom of speech and artistic expression. What does it mean for indie musicians like myself —who can't afford to even tour these days — to have to worry about fighting frivolous lawsuits.

What does it mean for women who are already afraid to tell their stories? What does it mean for journalists if their words can be spun to silence the very women they're trying to give a platform to?"

According to Borland's attorney, Andrew Rifkin:

"Mr. Borland filed a post-judgment motion asking that the Wayne County, Michigan Family Court enforce specific Judgment of Divorce provisions that both parties agreed to abide by as part of their 2020 divorce settlement. Mr. Borland's post-judgment motion has nothing to do with any issues beyond what each of the parties agreed to do as part of the finalization of their 2019 divorce case.

The parties' Judgment of Divorce requires both Mr. Borland and Ms. Callaway to refrain from 'mak[ing] speeches, giv[ing] interviews, or mak[ing] statements that defame the other party.' Mr. Borland has fully complied with that provision, and he is asking the Family Court to make clear to Ms. Callaway that she has the same obligation to comply that Mr. Borland has."

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