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RIO DE JANEIRO – Monday, a judge ordered a church-owned newspaper to pay television personality Maria da Graça Xuxa Meneghel $75 thousand in damages, reported online media. The paper, “Folha Universal,” owned by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, printed an article claiming the popular star, known throughout the Americas as Xuxa, “had a pact with the devil.”
Xuxa Awarded Damages Over Church’s ‘Devil’ Claim
According to information released Wednesday by the Court of Rio de Janeiro, Xuxa filed suit in 2008 after Bishop Macedo made the absurd claim in a tabloid owned by his church. The judge also found liable the printer, Grafica Universal, which belongs to the church and is responsible for printing the paper.
In addition to the financial damages, the court ordered the paper to print on the front page of its next edition the following statement: “In denial of publication in volume 855 on Aug. 24, 2008, Maria da Graça Xuxa Meneghel states that she has a deep faith in God and respects all religions.”