I was in one of the biggest bands of the ’90s, but ended up being sued by a famous politician for an onstage rant

THE Italian Prime Minister is suing rock star Brian Molko.

Brian, best known as the frontman of rock group Placebo, is facing legal action after throwing a tantrum on stage.

Brian Molko from Placebo in 2022


Brian Molko from Placebo in 2022Photo credit: Getty
Placebo took part in the 19th BRIT Awards in 1999


Placebo took part in the 19th BRIT Awards in 1999Photo credit: Getty

The 50-year-old Every You Every Me singer left politician Giorgia Meloni furious after he made fun of her – while she was performing at the Sonic Park Festival in Stupinigi, near Turin.

Brian even called the Italian Prime Minister a “racist” and “fascist.”

Brian could be heard exclaiming as he explained his thoughts to the approximately 5,000 festival goers: “Giorgia Meloni, piece of shit, fascist, racist.”

According to reports, the public prosecutor’s office is now investigating the musician.

This is due to the Italian penal code, which states that those who publicly defame the government, parliament or the army face fines.

Although Brian asked the crowd not to record his statements, a video of the incident has since circulated online.

Now Giorgia Meloni is fighting against the rock star with legal consequences.

The outbreak occurred in July and since then the group, which has sold 11 million records worldwide, performed in Sassari, Italy in early August.

In 2017, the band (currently consisting of Brian, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest) made headlines when they auctioned off a stunning collection of items.

Featuring more than 300 items, including pieces by Vivienne Westwood and David Bowie, the group held a major clearance sale to raise money for charity.

They did this to mark their 20th anniversary and in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and the Mercy Centre, Bangkok.

Their auction even included Brian’s iconic ribbed sweater from the Pure Morning video.

It also included a CD single “Without You I’m Nothing” featuring David Bowie, signed by the late singer himself, and a Vivienne Westwood jacket worn by bassist Stefan during the band’s performance at the 1999 BRIT Awards.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni


Italian Prime Minister Giorgia MeloniPhoto credit: Reuters

Gary B. Graves

Gary B. Graves is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Gary B. Graves joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: GaryBGraves@worldtimetodays.com.

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