Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland invokes disputed album review with ex-wife – Rolling Stone

Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland invokes disputed album review with ex-wife – Rolling Stone

Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who co-wrote the band’s “Break Stuff” and “Nookie” and also fronts his own group, Big Dumb Face, is using his anger over how an album review portrayed his ex-wife’s latest record as fuel for action. law against you. accusing her of defamation. The presentation also cites an interview that ex-wife Carré Callaway (aka indie rocker Queen Kwong) gave to the same writer for another post. Callaway rose to fame using the name Queen Kwong about a decade ago, after her moody, personal music caught the eye of Trent Reznor; the group has toured with Nine Inch Nails and their music has been featured on Peaky Blinders. Borland file, obtained by Rolling Stone, he claims that he tried to capitalize on his name by talking about him.

A judge in Michigan’s Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit, the Family Division Court, will hear Borland’s petition Tuesday morning. Borland specifically asked Callaway to “show reasons why she should not be held in contempt for her refusal to comply with this Court’s Judgment.” [the divorce decree].” The divorce agreement, signed by both parties in 2020, establishes that “neither party may make speeches, give interviews or make public statements that defame the other party.”

A 2022 Bandcamp Daily article about Callaway, quoted in Borland’s filing, claimed Borland gave Callaway three days to leave their Detroit-area marital home with several rescue cats after the marriage fell apart. She is quoted as saying that one of the cats, Daisy, whom she praised on “The Mourning Song” from her album, “died a week after he left her because he was the only one who could take care of her.” . Borland’s presentation also calls for a review in Flood her 2022 Album Magazine, couples onlyby the same author, Mischa Pearlman, echoed those claims and suggested a song, “Emdr Atm” “details the type of alleged ‘gaslighting’ Ms. Callaway claims she received from Mr. Borland.”

The document states: “These statements intentionally do what Ms. Callaway was expressly prohibited from: they negatively affect Mr. Borland’s public image and reputation that he has built over his twenty-plus-year career” and are an attempt to “ destroy Mr. Borland’s extraordinary and hard-earned professional reputation.” Borland asks for $5,000 for “attorneys’ fees and costs” and for the court to sanction Callaway.

The review, which provides background information on Queen Kwong’s songwriting, states: “She had been living with him in Detroit, with a host of cats they had rescued, only to be forced to leave the house they had converted. in her home.. She was given three days to move out, to rehom all the cats, to say goodbye to a life and a marriage and a husband she thought she knew.She was also ostracized by those in the music industry who felt she they had more benefits being friends with Borland than with her”.

Callaway, who married Borland in October 2016 and filed for divorce in January 2019, stands by his comments. “The TRUTH CANNOT BE DEFAMATORY,” she writes in a statement to Rolling Stone. “This action is simply a tactic to harass, intimidate and silence me. This is an attempt to ruin me financially, deplete my physical well-being, and denigrate my credibility with the explicit intent of causing damage to my career. This is a general attack on free speech and artistic expression. What does it mean for independent musicians like me, who these days can’t even afford to tour, 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 twisted to silence the very women they are trying to give a platform to?

“Mr. Borland filed a post-judgment motion requesting that the Wayne County, Michigan Family Court enforce the specific provisions of the divorce judgment that both parties agreed to abide by as part of their 2020 divorce agreement,” the court said. lawyer for the guitarist, B. Andrew Rifkin. Rolling Stone. “Mr. Borland’s post-trial motion has nothing to do with any issues beyond what each party agreed to do as part of the finalization of their 2019 divorce case. The parties’ divorce decree requires both Mr. Borland and Ms. Callaway to refrain from ‘… making[ing] speeches, give[ing] interviews, or do[ing] statements that defame the other party.’ Mr. Borland has fully complied with that provision, and asks the Family Court to make it clear to Ms. Callaway that she has the same obligation to comply as Mr. Borland.


“Mr. Borland wishes Ms. Callaway the best in her career,” Rifkin continues. “He does not wish to limit her artistic expression, but as part of their divorce settlement, both parties agreed to keep their views on their divorce private. and refrain from making negative public comments about the other party.”

During their marriage, Borland briefly played guitar in a touring lineup of Queen Kwong. It is not clear why he left the group, but in 2017 NME interview suggested that he regretted becoming attached to his job. “[Being in Limp Bizkit has] It’s definitely been destructive to my wife’s indie band, Queen Kwong,” he said. “Having me associated with that has cost him.”

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