The Provincial Court of Madrid has recognized compensation of 500 euros for the heirs of Carlos Marín, deceased singer of the 'Il Divo' quartet, for the harassment he suffered from a Spanish fan. The judges acknowledge that the woman developed a "platonic love" for the singer and that she ended up sending him letters with death threats and that the "uneasiness" that caused her deserves to be compensated even though there is no evidence that, as she alleged, she had to suspend meetings with fans for fear of meeting the stalker.
The events, according to the sentence to which elDiario.es has had access, occurred throughout the year 2021. The accused woman was a follower of the group 'Il Divo', a quartet of opera singers formed in 2003 that has sold more than 30 million records throughout its career. One of its members was the Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, who died in December 2021. But a few months before his death, in February 2021, he was harassed by this fan and the case went to court.
First, according to the sentence, the woman insistently called the production company Sony asking for information about the singer to try to contact him and collaborate on "a project." These calls, says Justice, "intensified due to the platonic love that the fan had developed for him" and became "annoying, obscene and offensive" communications that were transformed into letters. In some of these letters, the condemned assured: “we are going to kill him”. She also warned him of the arrival of a package that "when he opens it he will die and go to hell."
At first, the 34th court in Madrid understood that she had incurred a minor crime of coercion and imposed a fine of 60 euros on the woman, in addition to a restraining order of half a kilometer that was to be in place for half a year. The singer's representation appealed to the Provincial Court that the magistrate had not established the compensation of 10,000 euros that they had requested for damages. One of his heirs continued with the legal process when Carlos Marín died in December last year in a Manchester hospital.
Among other allegations, the singer's appeal stated that he should be compensated for having had to go to court twice and for having had to suspend events in which he received fans, in addition to having suffered restlessness and problems in his professional image. He argued that the woman could "appear anywhere" and that this "prevented her from leaving." Forgoing his fan meetings, he added, was a waste of money since they are events for which “a large sum is paid”, as he alleged.
Judge Pilar Casado partially estimates his appeal and acknowledges that the singer had the right to be compensated, but with 500 euros and not 10,000 as requested. Regarding the claim for money for having to go to court twice, the magistrate says that "it is a consequence of the equal complaint for all defendants" and that they did not present evidence that they had to cancel events or that the rest of the group did. some came and he did not do it for fear of the woman. Nor, she says, has he credited family unrest or damage to his professional image.
He does understand the sentence, however, that he must establish a compensation of 500 euros because the account of proven facts itself reflects how the epistolary harassment of the convicted person affected him. "The singer's fear of meeting the fan at one of her concerts, when they took place in Spain, since something happened to him led him to file a complaint," says the resolution. Yes, there was, therefore, a "certain restlessness and fear" and an "altered state of mind" of the singer.
Considers the judge provided the amount of 500 euros. "He did not receive the letters directly, his state of mind was not seriously affected, there was never any contact between the two, and it is still a minor crime," the sentence reasons to reflect the amount. Carlos Marín (Germany, 1968) died in a Manchester hospital on December 19, 2021, a victim of COVID-19.