Real Madrid’s lawsuit against a Catalan TV station has been thrown out, with the Supreme Court court rejecting the club’s request for compensation after TV3 aired a clip depicting Pepe with a Hannibal Lecter mask.
Real Madrid had initially won the case against the TV station showing the defender as a serial killer, but the Supreme Court overruled it
Originally, a Madrid court ruled that TV3 should pay €20,000 for footage that was deemed ‘degrading,’ ‘slanderous,’ and had crossed the boundaries of free speech.
The Spanish club sought €6 million from the TV station for portraying Pepe as the infamous character in “The Silence of the Lambs,”. The kicker is, aside from the whole premise overall, that the “offense” took place all the way back in 2013.
The judges ruled the broadcast was merely “satire” and did not “exceed the limits” of what is accepted, labelling it a sarcastic depiction of the rivalry between the two clubs.
In promotion of a Clasico match between Madrid and Barcelona in 2013, Catalan station TV3 broadcasted clips of Real Madrid players such as Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil fouling Lionel Messi.
It included footage of hyenas chasing animals, ending with the Portuguese centre-back resembling the cannibalistic serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs