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LIMP BIZKIT Guitarist Wes Borland Blamed For Killing Wife’s Cat And Blocked Over Defamation

A judge has officially dismissed a motion recently filed by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland against his ex-wife, Carré Kwong Callaway, of the band Queen Kwong. The couple were married from 2016 to 2019, starring together in a reality home improvement show titled ‘Sight Unseen‘.

As part of their divorce, the couple were said to have signed an agreement that prevented them from engaging in any potential defamatory commentary about each other. That clause apparently stipulated that “neither party may make speeches, give interviews, or make public statements that defame the other party.

However, comments made by Callaway in a 2022 interview with Bandcamp Daily saw Borland move to have the court sanction her, after he felt she had violated that agreement. In that interview, Callaway alleged that one of the rescue cats the couple shared had died a week after Borland had made her leave their shared residence with said cat. It was stated that the cat perished because ‘[Borland] was the only one who could care for her.’

Callaway‘s comments came in discussion of a song of hers, “The Mourning Song“, from her “Couples Only” album. She stated in the interview that she wrote that song to eulogize the late pet.

Queen Kwong review later published in Flood Magazine by the same journalist who conducted the above-mentioned interview repeated those claims. That review also suggested that a separate song, “Emdr Atm” implied Borland had engaged in gaslighting Callaway, among other claims.

Citing the interview and review, Borland moved to have the court sanction Callaway, claiming she had been attempting to defame him and his reputation. He was seeking $5,000, plus his legal costs, effectively having Callaway sanctioned for what he felt was violating their anti-defamation agreement.

Now Rolling Stone report that Judge Helal A. Farhat of Wayne County, MI has ruled that Callaway did not violate that agreement. Instead, it is determined that while she expressed her opinions and frustrations on their relationship and its aftermath, she did not expressedly indicate that Borland was the cause of the financial troubles and the like she endured following their split. The judge further stated that the subsequent review was that of an author’s own conclusionary statements and not that of Callaway.

Cat Killer: Wes During Happier Times With His Old Lady

In a statement provided to Rolling Stone on the verdict, Callaway offered:

“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.”