Per Borland’s lawsuit – which was obtained by Rolling Stone – he is suing his ex-wife for defamation, claiming that she has tried to profit off of his name by talking about him.
As part of the couple’s divorce agreement (signed in 2020), they both agreed that “neither party may make speeches, give interviews, or make public statements that defame the other party.”
In the lawsuit, two articles referring to Queen Kwong’s latest album (titled Couples Only) are mentioned: a 2022 Bandcamp Daily post and a review from Flood Magazine. The writers of each respective piece wrote up their interpretations of Callaway’s music, believing that songs of hers were referring to alleged neglect/abuse that came from Borland.
In the Bandcamp Daily article, the writer brings up Callaway’s song “The Mourning Song,” which involves Callaway expressing the grief she experienced upon losing a cat of hers. In regard to this track, the writer claims that Borland pressured Callaway to leave their marital home in three days; upon being forced out of the home, Callaway was stuck leaving several rescue cats behind. Referring to the cat that sadly passed away, Callaway is quoted in the song saying that the cat “died a week after he left because he was the only one who could care for her.”
In writing about Callaway’s song “Emdr Atm,” a writer at Flood Magazine suggested that the song could have been about Borland’s alleged “gaslighting” of Callaway. The reviewer went on to write about Callaway losing her cat and Borland allegedly pressuring Callaway to leave their marital home.
Due to these statements from Bandcamp Daily and Floor Magazine about Callaway’s music, Borland has decided to pursue legal action.
Per Borland’s lawsuit:
“These statements intentionally do what Ms. Callaway was expressly prohibited from doing: They adversely affect Mr. Borland’s public image and reputation that he has built over a twenty-plus–year career,” as well as “destroying Mr. Borland’s extraordinary and hard-earned professional reputation.”
The Limp Bizkit guitarist is asking for $5000 for “costs and attorney fees,” and for Callaway to be sanctioned by the court.
Callaway did provide a statement to Rolling Stone, sharing the following:
“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?”
Keep a look out for updates as this story develops.