Potts punches back
Boxing promoter/manager Boxu Potts announced on Tuesday that he has issued a pre-action protocol letter against Citadel Limited, owners of radio station I95.5 FM and its talk-show host and sports commentator Andre E Baptiste. Attorney-at-Law Egon N Embrack of the Noel House Law Chambers, 30 Gordon Street, Port-of-Spain, acting on behalf of Potts, is seeking […]
Boxing promoter/manager Boxu Potts announced on Tuesday that he has issued a pre-action protocol letter against Citadel Limited, owners of radio station I95.5 FM and its talk-show host and sports commentator Andre E Baptiste.
Attorney-at-Law Egon N Embrack of the Noel House Law Chambers, 30 Gordon Street, Port-of-Spain, acting on behalf of Potts, is seeking $1,724,000 in compensation for defamatory remarks made on live radio on Baptiste’s programme on September 6, 2012; March 2, 2013, and February 15, 2014.
The suit alleges that as a result of the broadcasts, Potts has suffered significant financial loss and damage to his reputation. Potts had also complained to the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago which informed him that after completing a review of the broadcast tapes, they were also of the view that it contained material that may be considered defamatory in nature.
Named also in the legal action were several local boxing personalities who were guests on Baptiste’s radio show including Molly Boxhill, boxer Tariq Haqq, trainer Franchot Moore, former world champion Claude Noel, amateur coach Floyd Trumpet, and secretary of the Boxing Association, Mario Robinson.
In making the claim for damages, the suit alleges that the broadcasts have negatively impacted Potts’ name and reputation, his family and marketability, especially in the field of boxing, the area of his expertise.
The suit alleges that Potts was relieved of his post as Special Adviser to the Boxing Board of Control as a result of the defamatory broadcasts, making it difficult for our client to promote fights, and even resulted in a disclaimer by the Ministry of Sports when his daughter was involved in a promotion.
The defamatory statements were described as blatantly untrue and full of malice with the intent to cause damage and took the form of a smear campaign utilising a series of taunting and antagonising pre-recordings of previous calumnious segments and the tone of the pubic broadcast was sensationally condemnatory, provocative and accusatory of Potts.
Apart from the claim for loss of earnings ($1,224,000.), $500,000 is also sought as monetary compensation along with a published retraction of and an apology for the defamatory statements.
Citadel Limited has 28 days from the date of issue of the pre-action protocol letter of November 7, 2016, to acknowledge receipt, failing which legal action will be actuated against the media house located at Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain.
Parent company of Citadel Limited is OCM (One Caribbean Media Limited) which are also the owners of the Trinidad Express newspapers and CCN TV6, along with Red FM and Slam FM radio stations.
Source: Trinidad Express