U2 drummer loses defamation case
By CMU Editorial | Published on Thursday 27 January 2011
According to reports, U2 drumming man Larry Mullen Jr has lost a defamation lawsuit pursued against him, Bono and a Rio-based newspaper by a Brazilian concert promoter called Franco Bruni.
The litigation related to an interview the U2 men did with Brazil’s O Globo in 2000 in which Mullen Jr claimed the band had not been paid for three concerts that were promoted by Bruni in 1998. But Bruni had paid the band their performance fees, what remained unpaid was publishing royalties, which, the promoter claimed, was out of his hands.
A ruling on the long running litigation was made earlier this month, and while Bono was acquitted, Mullen Jr, the journalist who wrote the interview and O Globo were all found liable. They were ordered to pay Bruni 800,000 Brazilain real, or about $480,000.