Veteran Musician, Amakye Dede has sued Trigmatic for defamation, claiming damages to the tune of GH¢1million.
In his statement of claim The ‘Serious’ man wo has been on the music scene for over four decades stated that his attention was drawn to a publication on a website, www.ghgossip.com dated October 15, 2019.
The publication came with the headline, “Amakye Dede does not write his own songs”.
The quotation headline was attributed to Trigmatic, known in real life as Enock Nana Yaw Oduro Agyei.
Amakye Dede’s statement of claim stated that:
“In their natural and ordinary meaning, the words published by the defendant (Trigmatic) referred to and were understood to refer to the plaintiff (Amakye Dede) and they meant and they were understood to mean (a) that the plaintiff is incapable of writing his own songs.
“(b) That plaintiff’s songs are written by someone else for him to sing or produce. (c) That plaintiff’s stature and legendary status must be taken with a pinch of salt. (d) That the height, popularity and the fame the plaintiff has achieved in the music circles over the years are not genuine and that the esteem and reverence people hold and have for him as well as the nation on the plaintiff as an ace and top-class musician should be reconsidered,” the statement added.
The statement also said that, the plaintiff (Amakye Dede) started receiving a series of sarcastic phone calls and feedback immediately the words of the defendant (Trigmatic) was published. These calls, the statement added, were and are still disturbing the plaintiff.
According to the statement, the plaintiff became disturbed from the sarcastic phone calls he received and is still disturbed.
It also indicated that apart from ill-will, ill-motive, pull-him-down play and a grand scheme to rubbish his achievements, nothing else could have motivated the defendant to publish those words about plaintiff and that defendant intended to defame the plaintiff on the online platform.
The statement claimed that the defendant later confirmed his defamatory publication on Zylofon FM.
The statement of claim was also seeking the following: (a) A declaration that the defendant’s words published of plaintiff are defamatory. (b) General damages for libel contained in the defendant’s publication indorsed by way of attachment and particularized paragraph 11.
(c) Aggravated damages arising from libel published by the defendant of the plaintiff to the sum of GH¢1, 000, 000 against the defendant.
(d) Cost, including lawyer’s fees. (e) Any further relief or orders as the court may deem meet.
It further stated that the online platform where those words were published by the defendant about the plaintiff speaks for itself, being gossip consumption website where stories, gossip and illicit agenda which travel faster than the sun rays are spread.
It said by the defendant’s publication, his reputation has now become charged and he has been ridiculed, adding that the defendant’s words used in his publication have lowered the image of the plaintiff, reverence and esteem before the right-thinking members of the society both locally and internationally.
The statement, however, declared that per the defendant’s defamatory publication on the plaintiff, he is likely to have diminished show contracts and low attendance to his shows.