Chantel Kudjawu to Sue Gloria Arhin for Defamation
The alleged mistress of the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Chantel Kudjawu a.k.a Gertrude Gbajo has threatened to sue Gloria Asssan Arhin for defamation.
Mrs. Arhin last week filed for divorce at the Matrimonial Division of the Accra High Court against her husband, Eugene Arhin claiming physical abuse, adultery among others.
In her divorce petition, she alleged her husband was having extramarital affairs with Chantel Kudjawu.
Ms. Kudjawu, an alleged side-chic of the National Security Minister-designate Albert Kan Dapaah, was in the news last year, having asked him to model for him in a video call when he attended an international assignment for the country.
Meanwhile, Chantel’s legal team has officially written to Mrs. Arhin, to among other things withdraw portions of her writ which mentions her.
“Paragraph 14(a) of the divorce petition filed at the Matrimonial Court by Gloria Arhin states: “Particulars of adultery: a. The Respondent has other women in his life with whom he has extramarital affairs, including one Chantel Kudjawu (Gertrude Gbajo) whom the Respondent continues to have extramarital affairs with.”
This statement according to a letter signed by Amanda Clinton Esq., “Have meant that our client has been publicly ridiculed, scandalized and held in contempt by countless strangers in an unprecedented manner.”
Thus, the team wants Mrs. Arhin to “Produce an apology and a declaration that the allegations referred to are false and defamatory and cause such apology to be published in an unqualified retraction and an apology on GhanaWeb, Yen, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Daily Graphic (online) with the same prominence the defamatory words received.”
Read the full letter below:
We are a firm of solicitors based in Accra that act for Chantel Kudjawu in connection with the identification and pursuit of identified instances of libelous statements across the internet. We have been made aware of the divorce petition your law firm filed on behalf of a client, Mrs. Gloria Arhin, on Wednesday 10th February 2021.
The allegation which will be the subject of possible court action is in summary as follows:
Paragraph 14(a) of your client’s divorce petition filed in the High Court of Justice, was carried globally through the internet in the form of being published on online platforms from Thursday, February 11, 2021, to date.
For ease of reference, paragraph 14(a) of the divorce petition states “Particulars of adultery: a. The Respondent has other women in his life with whom he has extramarital affairs, including one Chantel Kudjawu (Gertrude Gbajo) whom the Respondent continues to have extramarital affairs with.”
Had your law firm undertaken even the most basic due diligence assessment as to the veracity of your client’s assertion, you would have realised that she was just playing to the gallery and her statement was not true.
Our client denies that she has ever engaged in the activities alleged by Mrs. Arhin. This defamatory statement has by the 15th February 2021 attracted thousands and thousands of comments, majority of which are negative and judgmental about my client despite the fact that she has not engaged in a sexual manner with Mr. Arhin.
Do note that our client is a principled and law-abiding professional, who works as a private investigator in Canada, with three children who does not compromise on the integrity and dignity of her marriage. She also has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from a reputable University in Canada and holds a Certificate from Harvard University.
Mrs. Arhin’s defamatory words have meant that our client has been publicly ridiculed, scandalised, and held in contempt by countless strangers in an unprecedented manner. This serious, untrue, and highly defamatory statement toward our client is a malicious falsehood. Furthermore, this defamatory comment has been being communicated to thousands of people throughout the world, posing a serious threat to the reputation of our client.
In order to protect our client’s interests, we are considering proceedings against Mrs. Arhin in the High Court. These proceedings would seek remedies including but not limited to the following:
- Substantial damages
- A perpetual injunction restraining Mrs. Arhin from further publishing any defamatory material about our client; and
Within 24 hours (from 10 am) of the date of this letter, we hope that Mrs. Arhin will be better advised to agree to do the following:-
- remove from her divorce petition in its entirety the defamatory statement to prevent further harm to our client
- produce an apology and a declaration that the allegations referred to are false and defamatory and cause such apology to be published in an unqualified retraction and an apology on Ghanaweb, Yen, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Daily Graphic (online) with the same prominence the defamatory words received.
We await your response by return.
AMANDA CLINTON ESQ.