The Massa Civil Court convicted Zucchero Fornasciari of defamation and forced him to pay compensation for moral damages to a former friend whom he identified in his autobiographical book “Voice of Sunday”. The novel of my life »(Mondadori, 2011), A bad guy is a womanizer and does nothing: The rock star will have to pay him 37 thousand euros. According to Judge Domenico Provenzano, reported by the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper, the news of the verdict, the phrases used in the autobiography “damage reputation” and “damage the social and family relations of the offended party whose relations with the spouse are significantly deteriorated.
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For Adelmo Fornaciari, the real name of the famous singer-songwriter, these expressions were functional in the “narrative plot”. For the judge, however, these are “offensive expressions that, contrary to what the singer claims, do not align” with the plot of the story, and have “the sole effect of discrediting the ex-boyfriend”. It all started with the publication of Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari’s autobiography. The sentimental account of those fragments of life with childhood in Roncochesi, in the Emilia countryside, the blues-tinged first performances in the Versilia ballrooms and the hardships of the young Emilian-speaking “foreigner”, has wandered on the Internet and revived in newspapers and on television. And so the book ended under the singer-songwriter’s ex-boyfriend tree. It was his daughter who gave it to him for Christmas 8 years ago knowing the past the two had in common. “Unfortunately, reading the novel caused inconvenience and unease to my client’s family,” lawyer Alessandro Fontana explained to Corriere Fiorentino, who submitted the complaint to his colleague Katia Buratti. “Eight years later, the Court has established that some of the statements unequivocally refer to him, damaging his reputation.”
According to Judge Provenzano, these expressions are “objectively self-degrading (inducing the reader to natural disapproval of behavior of this kind) regardless of the ironic tone and colloquial language with which the events in the text are conveyed; The tone – concludes the judge – which in itself does not make the facts and judgments described and expressive of incorrect or unbelievable ».
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