Private investigator Chantelle Kudjawu has sued Gloria Assan Arhin, the divorce-seeking wife of Communications Director at the Presidency Eugen Arhin for defamation.
Mrs Chantelle Kudjawu, a mother of three alleges that Mrs Arhin in a divorce petition dated February 10 accused her of engaging in adultery with her husband (Mr Arhin), an accusation she says was made with “malicious intent”.
She is therefore seeking among others Ghc3.5million in damages from Mrs Arhin as well as a retraction and an unqualified apology which should be published in the Daily Graphic, as well as the various social media handles and online media that carried the story.
Chantelle’s lawyer, Amanda Akuokor Clinton, avers that her client “denies that she has ever engaged in the activities alleged by the Defendant and states that she is a principled and law-abiding professional who does not compromise on the integrity and dignity of her marriage”.
According to a suit filed at the High Court on Wednesday, February 17, Chantelle believes the publications were carried out with “malicious intent”.
The suit said the publication had attracted thousands of pejorative and deprecatory commentary against the Plaintiff.
Chantelle is of the view that Mrs Arhin’s statement meant and understood to mean that she was “perverted in character, dishonourable, without credibility, of perverted behaviour and fell short of public morality by causing the Defendant’s husband to commit adultery with the Plaintiff and he is to date allegedly still having an affair with the Plaintiff”.
What is she seeking?
Among other things, Chantelle wants damages in the sum of GHC3.5million for defamation.
She wants a declaration that her reputation has been injured by the “false, malicious, unjustifiable and reckless defamatory statement uttered by the Defendant”.
She is also seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant from further publishing the material and an unqualified retraction and apology, which should be published on major news outlets.
Additionally, Chantelle wants aggravated damages, exemplary damages, compensatory damages and cost awarded to her for the dent in her reputation.