The family of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is prosecuting the famous telenovela actress Regina Duarte for moral damages.
At the beginning of the year, when she was still Secretary of Culture of the government of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, the artist published a statement on social networks in which she affirmed that Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, ex-wife of the ex-president, had 256 million reais (a little more than 47 million dollars) in a bank, reported Prensa Latina.
Marisa, who was married for 42 years to the founder of the Workers’ Party, died in 2017. Faced with such publication, her family filed a lawsuit demanding compensation of 131,400 reais (about 25,000 dollars) for moral damages.
Lula’s lawyers affirm that Duarte, known for her right-wing positions, “publicly stained the memory of Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, who has always been a correct person, dedicated to her family.”
For its part, the defense of the actress ensures that the message on the Internet was not her own and that she only reproduced it. Duarte commented that he deleted it as soon as it was clarified that Marisa did not have 256 million reais in the bank and did not commit any abuse.
He argued to the court that he only made an ‘intellectual criticism’.
For the ex-governor’s jurists, the artist was frivolous when publishing the post without conducting any investigation or at least listening to the former head of state and his relatives.
The protagonist of the well-known telenovela Malú mujer made her television debut in 1965 at the age of 18 in the drama Deusa Vencida.
Her acceptance as Secretary of Culture for a short period (March 4 to May 20) was controversial even within the artistic environment due to her profile associated with the defense of conservative agendas in politics and neoliberal measures in the economy.