Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Fixin' T&T Head served pre-action protocol letter by Angostura Ltd

The controversy surrounding Angostura Holdings Limited and its Chairman Dr Rolph Balgobin has heightened with the local organization sending a pre-action protocol letter to Fixin' T&T Head Kirk Waithe.

According to a letter from the attorneys representing the company, Waithe is being cautioned against the publication of "reckless", "irresponsible" and "careless" comments surrounding the sending home of a female Angostura employee amidst sexual harassment allegations against Dr Balgobin. 

The letter noted that on November 30, Fixin' T&T published a defamatory flyer alleging that Angostura participated in scandalous, unethical and criminal conduct. The publication contained a mock-up of an Angostura Limited product with the words "Support Angostura, Support Sexual Harassment".

The statements on the flyer also compared Dr Balgobin to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.  

The attorneys said it was libellous to accuse the company's chairman of sexual harassment. The letter also noted that Fixin' T&T's publication was done to hurt Angostura Holdings by calling on the general public to "drink something else".

Waithe was therefore instructed to:

1 Immediately remove the post from Fixin' T&T's Facebook page

2 Give an undertaking to no longer publish this or any similar publication concerning the company

3 Publish an immediate retraction and apology in terms to be approved by Angostura Holdings

4 Pay a suitable sum of damages for the injury to their reputation and for the embarrassment and stress caused by the publication

5 Compensate Angostura with respect to costs incurred in the matter

The statement noted that a response was required as soon as possible. 

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