Artists U2’s Mullens loses defamation case

March 2011

Live events industry, publishing

It seems U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr has lost a defamation lawsuit pursued against him, Bono and a Rio-based newspaper by Brazilian concert promoter Franco Bruni.  The litigation related to a U2 interview in Brazil’s O Globo newspaper back in 2000 where it seems  Mullen Jr claimed the band had not been paid for three concerts that were promoted by Bruni in 1998. Bruni countered that he had paid the band their performance fees, and all that remained ‘unpaid’ was publishing (eg PRS) royalties, which, the promoter claimed, was out of his hands to pass over to the band.  In the ruling Bono was found not to be liable, but Mullen Jr, the journalist who wrote the interview and O Globo were all found liable. They were ordered to pay Bruni 800,000 Brazilian real (about $480,000).

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