Roxette Singer Threatens to Sue Tabloid

By | February 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has threatened to sue a Swedish tabloid for an article alleging she could be suffering from a second tumor.

Fredriksson is recovering after having had a brain tumor removed last fall.

The Stockholm daily tabloid Expressen wrote last month that doctors had discovered another possible tumor.

In a letter to the newspaper, Fredriksson’s lawyer, Leif Silbersky, said the report was false and violated Fredriksson’s integrity.

Silbersky said Expressen could avoid a lawsuit by publishing an apology on its front page, pay Fredriksson $59,000 in damages and cover her legal fees.

The 44-year-old singer would give the damages to the Swedish Cancer Society, Silbersky said in the letter dated Sunday.

Expressen’s chief editor, Otto Sjoeberg, wouldn’t comment on the demands but said the newspaper didn’t mean to offend Fredriksson.

“If she feels that we have written too much or come too close, then we are sincerely sorry about it,” Sjoeberg said.

Fredriksson underwent brain surgery in September. She is recovering well “under the circumstances” and resting at her home, her manager Marie Dimberg said.

Fredriksson and Per Gessle, the other half of Roxette, are known worldwide for international hits including “Joyride” and “The Look.”