Racist and homophobic offenses publicly perpetrated by the former Brazilian Formula 1 driver, Nelson Piquet, against the Englishman, Lewis Hamilton, seven-time champion of the main category of world motorsport, were the target of a Public Civil Action in the 20th Civil Court of the District of Brasília (DF) . An initiative of Educafro Brasil – Education and Citizenship of Afro-descendants and Needy, Santo Dias Human Rights Center, National LGBTI+ Alliance and Brazilian Association of Homotransaffective Families – Abrafh, the defense is carried out by a group of lawyers that includes the law firm MRE&L Advogados Associados, founded by lawyer Marlon Reis, from Tocantins.
The racist and homophobic statements were made in an interview broadcast by a Youtube channel in November 2021, and which gained immense notoriety in Brazil and in the world in June 2022. In the action, compensation in the amount of R$ 10 million is requested. , amount to be reverted to social associations in defense of the black population, the LGBTQIA+ community and the Brazilian people in general.
New Fact – Campaign Donation
This Wednesday, 31, a petition was presented with a new fact in the file, informing a cash donation made by the defendant to the electoral campaign of Jair Bolsonaro, candidate for reelection to the presidency of the Republic in 2022. Superior Electoral Court (TSE) intended for real-time disclosure of the fundraising of electoral campaigns, on August 24, 2022, the defendant transferred the expressive amount of R$ 501 thousand at once to Bolsonaro’s campaign.
According to Marlon Reis, the petition considers that former pilot Nelson Piquet made a donation of 501 thousand reais to candidate Jair Bolsonaro and, therefore, must have an annual income of more than five million reais. “This is because the electoral law allows the donation to be a maximum of 10% of the income declared in the previous year. So, we are asking the judge in the case, due to his racist and homophobic statements against Hamilton, to take this income into account when defining the amount of compensation to be paid”, explains the lawyer.
Also according to Marlon Reis, donations from individuals to electoral campaigns are limited in proportion to the gross income earned by the donor in the year prior to the election. “Individuals can make cash or estimated cash donations to electoral campaigns up to the limit of 10% (ten percent) of the gross income earned by the donor in the year prior to the election”, he adds.
The lawsuit is now awaiting judgment at the 20th Civil Court of the Judicial District of Brasília.