Boston's Tom Scholz Order To Pay $132,000 In Court Fees

07/02/2013
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(Classic Rock) Boston founder Tom Scholz has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 in court costs after he sued for defamation and lost. He launched legal action against the Boston Herald, accusing the paper and two of its journalists of suggested he was responsible for the suicide of singer Brad Delp in 2007.

Delp took his own life by lighting two charcoal grills in his sealed bathroom, leading to death by carbon monoxide poisoning. In one of four notes he wrote: "I have had bouts of depression and thoughts of suicide since I was a teenager."

The Herald later reported he'd been "beaten down by the years of dealing with Tom Scholz," which the bandleader said amounted to blaming him for the singer's death. The paper successfully defended itself in the case, with a court ruling their story did not amount to defamation since it was not possible to know why Delp had taken his own life.

Sholz's representatives argued that he should not have to pay costs. But a judge has now decided that it's a matter of freedom of speech. Read more about the judge's reasoning.

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