Wes Borland's suit against his ex-wife Carré Kwong Callaway has been dismissed
Wes Borland, the guitarist of Limp Bizkit, has lost his legal action against his ex-wife, Carré Kwong Callaway, who is a member of the band Queen Kwong. The couple, who starred in a reality home improvement show called "Sight Unseen," were married from 2016 to 2019, and as part of their divorce, they signed an agreement not to make any defamatory comments about each other.
Borland filed a motion against Callaway after she allegedly violated the agreement by making comments about the death of a rescue cat they shared. Callaway stated that the cat died a week after Borland had made her leave their shared residence with the pet. Borland sought $5,000 plus legal fees, claiming that Callaway had attempted to defame him and his reputation.
However, according to Rolling Stone a judge ruled that Callaway did not violate the agreement, as she only expressed her opinions and frustrations about their relationship and its aftermath. The judge also stated that the subsequent review of Callaway's album, which contained references to Borland, was the author's own conclusionary statements and not those of Callaway.
Callaway responded to the verdict by stating that the legal action was an attempt to silence her and her art. She expressed relief that freedom of speech and art had prevailed and hoped that the outcome would deter similar attacks against women and artists in the future.
In a statement given to Rolling Stone Callway said:
"I made a record that I'm very proud of. It's painfully real and honest, and I think that was enough to cause Wes discomfort and displeasure. As a result, he attempted to weaponize my record's lyrics and press coverage against me in a frivolous legal action. This was an act of intimidation via a court system with the intent of disrupting my career and shutting me up. Which, unfortunately, is a common bullying tactic used by people in positions of power to evade accountability and intimidate women into silence.
Though it was an emotionally and financially exhaustive battle, I'm glad I chose to fight it. The judge made the right decision and freedom of speech and art prevailed. I'm relieved to be walking away with my voice and I hope this outcome will deter similar attacks against women and artists in the future."
According to the report, Borland's lawyer did not return Rolling Stone's request for comment.