It’s a good idea to watch what you say when you talk to the press. Just ask Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, who reportedly has lost a civil lawsuit brought against him in a Brazilian court by a local concert promoter.
During an interview he and Bono conducted in 2000 with the Brazilian media outlet O Globo, Mullen suggested that the promoter, Franco Bruni, failed to pay for two concerts the band played in 1998, during U2’s PopMart tour. However, Bruni was able to prove that he in fact had paid the concert fees (although he still owed the band “author’s rights,” which Bruni claimed were beyond his control).
According to a judicial website from Santa Catarina, Brazil, Bono (whose legal name is Paul David Hewson) was acquitted while Mullen, the journalist who conducted the interview, and the Brazilian media company InfoGlobo were found guilty. The three defendants were ordered to pay the equivalent of $480,000 U.S. in damages.