Limp Bizkit‘s Wes Borland is currently involved in legal proceedings against his ex-wife Carré Callaway, the lead singer of the rock act Queen Kwong, of which he was a member during their relationship.
The couple, married from 2016 to 2019, appeared on HGTV’s Invisible sight series before finalizing their split in 2020. Now, Borland claims Callaway violated the terms of their divorce papers, per Rolling stones.
The agreement, signed by each in 2020, states that “neither party shall make speeches, give interviews or make public statements defaming the other party,” the music magazine reported.
But according to a petition by the Limp Bizkit guitarist that will be heard by a family judge for the Third Judicial Circuit in Michigan’s Wayne County on Tuesday (Jan. 17), Borland accuses Callaway of going against that deal in a 2022 Bandcamp Daily article. where she discussed the cats the couple kept together.
“We had seven or eight cats of our own,” Callway said in the interview. “When everything fell apart, one thing that made me realize that things were really over was his desire to not only get rid of me, but also the cats. There was a disabled one called Daisy. She died a week after he left because he was the only one who could take care of her. That’s the hardest thing to get over, honestly.”
She added: “I still have nightmares about it.”
Borland’s filing also claims that a Flood magazine review of Queen Kwong’s 2022 album, Only coupleswritten by the same writer, Mischa Pearlman, echoed these claims and suggested that a song on the album “detailed the sort of alleged ‘gaslighting’ claims of Mrs. Callaway she received from Mr. Borland.”
Borland’s petition maintains these statements “intentionally did what Ms. Callaway was expressly prohibited from doing. They affect Mr. Borland’s public image and reputation that he has built.” It also alleges that Callaway’s actions are intended to damage Borland’s professional reputation.
He is seeking $5,000 in costs and attorneys’ fees and for the right to sanction Callaway.
Reached for comment, Callaway responded, “THE TRUTH CANNOT BE DEFAMATORY. This action is simply a tactic to bully, intimidate and silence me. This is an attempt to destroy me financially, exhaust my physical well-being and discredit my credibility with the explicit intent to harm my career.”
She continued: “This is a blanket attack on free speech and artistic freedom. What does it mean for indie musicians like myself — who can’t even afford to tour these days — to have to worry about fighting frivolous lawsuits? What does that mean that for women who are already afraid to tell their stories? … For journalists if their words can be spun to silence the very women they are trying to give a platform to?”
The Limp Bizkit guitarist’s lawyer said: “Mr Borland filed a motion for judgment asking that [court] enforce specific divorce judgment provisions that both parties agreed to abide by as part of their 2020 divorce settlement.Mr. Borland’s post-judgment motion has nothing to do with any issue beyond what each party agreed to do as part of [their] completion.”
They continued: “The parties [agreement] requires both Mr. Borland and Ms. Callaway to refrain from ‘… mak[ing] speak, give[ing] interviews, or max[ing] statements defaming the other party.’ Sir. Borland has fully complied with that provision and he asks [court] to make it clear … she has the same obligation.”
Borland “wishes Ms. Callaway the best in her career,” the lawyer added. “He does not want to limit her artistic expression, but as part of their divorce settlement, both parties agreed to keep their opinions about their divorce private and refrain from making negative public comments about the other.”