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ACE ANKOMAH SUES KEVIN TAYLOR FOR DEFAMATION

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A private legal practitioner, Ace Anan Ankomah, has sued Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor and Loud Silence Media, both in the United States, for defamation, following a Facebook publication by the defendants on July 23 2019 captioned “With All Due Respect – Loud Silence Media”.

A private legal practitioner, Ace Anan Ankomah, has sued Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor and Loud Silence Media, both in the United States, for defamation, following a Facebook publication by the defendants on July 23 2019 captioned “With All Due Respect – Loud Silence Media”.

 

The accomplished lawyer is claiming GHC10 million in damages for defamatory statements published by the defendants on their Facebook pages and on YouTube.

Perpetual injunction

The plaintiff, among other things, is praying an Accra high court to order a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from publishing any further defamatory material about him.

He is also seeking a retraction and apology with the same prominence and circulation as the comments published earlier.

“False” publications

In his statement of claim, the “plaintiff avers that in the aforesaid publications, the first defendant said of and concerning plaintiff that the plaintiff and others named in the video are ‘behind the ordeal or were behind scandal surrounding NAM1’s business and the incarceration of Nana Appiah Mensah’ ”.

The plaintiff, Mr Ankomah, argues that by saying he is behind the “scandal surrounding NAM1’s business”, the defendants conveyed the impression that he, acting in concert with all the others named in the video, orchestrated all the allegations and perception of ignominy, disrepute and stigma associated with the said NAM1’s business.

The statement of claim also says: “Plaintiff avers that for purposes of substantiating these statements, defendants published of and concerning plaintiff in the same publication that plaintiff was therefore ‘in contact with Gabby Otchere-Darko, a prominent member of the ruling party, to make sure that NAM1 was discredited and tagged as a criminal’.”

Circulation

Mr Ankomah says that, in the said publication or film clip, the defendants boldly displayed his picture, thus: “… as you can see, the honourable Ace Anan Ankomah. Everybody knows Ace Anan Ankomah …”

The plaintiff said within 24 hours of displaying his picture, the Facebook post had attracted over 64,000 views.

He also said within the same period, the post had attracted almost 1,000 comments, the “majority of which were pejorative and deprecatory of the plaintiff, with the first defendant contributing to the comments to further defame plaintiff”.

On July 12 2019, Mr Ankomah said the defendants published the clip on YouTube, the internet video channel, and within hours it had attracted almost 2,000 views.

Injury to reputation

Mr Ankomah says the defendants “falsely accused him of being a liar, criminal, thug and dimwit who, either acting alone or in concert with others, cooks up stories and frames people”.

He makes this claim on the basis that the “defendants published of and concerning plaintiff and other as follows: ‘These people, these people are liars. These people you see on your TV, on your radio, on your whatever, they are liars. They cook up stories and they frame people …’.”

Mr Ankomah therefore contends that the defendants’ false and malicious publications have “injured his image and brought his hard-won reputation into hatred, ridicule, obloquy, discredit, contempt, vilification, reproach and … caused him great distress and emotional trauma”.