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Satyricon Frontman Loses Court Case

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According to Dagbladet.no, SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven has been ordered to pay 97,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately $16,000) in legal fees after his lawsuit against the VG newspaper was thrown out of court.

Wongraven filed a lawsuit against VG after the newspaper published a story suggesting that members of SATYRICON were charged with rape. The VG article was accompanied by a close-up photo of Wongraven, with a disclaimer that Wongraven had nothing to do with the incident.

SATYRICON's North American tour was cut short in December 2004 after session/hired guitarists Steinar Gundersen and Arnt Gronbech were charged with giving a fan a date-rape drug and sexually assaulting her in a tour bus following a Dec. 15, 2004 concert in Toronto.

Wongraven claimed in his lawsuit that the VG article amounted to defamation, and demanded 40,000 NOK ($6,500) from the paper. However, he offered to settle the case for 10,000 NOK ($2,000). VG rejected the terms of the proposed settlement, and the case went to a civil court. The paper was initially found liable, but was cleared of any wrongdoing on appeal.

Source: tartareandesire

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4 Comments on "Satyricon Frontman Loses Court Case"

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1. CHELE writes:

It sucks, Fvck the media.

# May 30, 2006 @ 11:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. psythe writes:

so the guy sued because the paper made him look more badass than he really is...


anyone else laughing, or what?

# May 31, 2006 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. gytrash writes:

Being associated in peoples' minds with a rape just because some lazy editor decided to use your photo is no laughing matter. He shoulda won that one...

# May 31, 2006 @ 4:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. psythe writes:

I find it particularly hilarious. though I agree he should have won the case.


still funny though.

# May 31, 2006 @ 5:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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