wner of “working girl wellness centre”, Evelyn Ankomah has filed a libel suit against investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide.
According to Citi FM News Editor-in-Chief, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako was also implicated in the suit. They were both served March 23.
Speaking on Citi Eyewitness News, counsel for Madam Evelyn Ankomah, Mr. Godfred Dameng said his client was falsely misrepresented in the “disingenuous”newspaper report and as such was libelled in a manner that brought her international reputation into disrepute.
He noted that though it was hard for him to file the suit,being that he has always been a media advocate, he saw it fit to take up the matter because of the effects the story had had on his client.
He hinted the application for an interim injunction will be laid before the courts on the 7th of April 2009.
Mr. Godfred Dameng urged the media to exercise some level of circumspection in their reportage on the matter.
Editor-in-Chief, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako on his part noted that Madam Evelyn Ankomah was simply exercising her constitutional right by suing the paper adding that it was something he had grown accustomed to.
He defended the publication and indicated that he had ensured that it was defensible on any platform.
He added that he was ready for the court proceedings noting that he all the “enough evidence” will be provided to prove beyond doubt the innocence of the party.
The New Crusading Guide newspaper published a story on Friday March 20, which alleged the spa was offering lewd sexual services to mostly male clients of the Diplomatic corp.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas insists he has video evidence to corroborate his story.
The alleged video shows a blurred image of a masseuse “working” the male appendage of a client.
The lady therapist, whose name was just given as Hannah, however denies any such lewd acts.
She told Citi News rumours of such activities have spread about but says nobody at “working girls” would ever dare such a act.
Secretary and Lawyer of the wellness centre, Andrew Mercer, earlier threatened court action against Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the Publisher of the New Crusading Guide when he spoke to Citi News on March 20.
Evelyn Ankomah, who is also the Executive Director of Africa Legal Aid, also denies any such vulgar activities went on at the spa.
She suspects the spa's landlady; Baaba Obeng, engineered the story to tarnish her (Evelyn Ankomah's) image just to settle personal scores.
The two, were very close friends but became bitter enemies in the recent past.
Disagreements over rent, according to Citi News sources, triggered the rivalry, which resulted in the landlady dragging “working girl” to court.
The case is yet to be determined.
The landlady, who owns the famous Labone coffee shop, a popular social joint among some senior journalists in the country is the wife of former Chief of Defence Staff, General Seth Obeng.
Her lawyer, Egbert Faibille Jnr had earlier told Citi News in an interview that his client was only trying to collect rent arrears from “working girl”.
He denied her client was resorting to dirty tactics to tarnish the image of “working girl” and its owner, Evelyn Ankomah.