Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Sunshine served pre-action protocol letter over Shelly Dass story

The Sunshine newspaper has been served a pre-action protocol letter by media personality Shelly Dass-Clarke and her husband Robert Clarke.

The couple issued the letter today via their attorneys, Daltons, following a front-page article alleging that Dass' marriage was on the rocks because of an affair with a senior government minister. The Minister was identified on Facebook as Housing Minister Randall Mitchell, who also took to the social media platform to deny the story. 

Loop saw extracts of the pre-action protocol letter which has asked the newspaper to publish a full apology to the couple int he same manner it published the allegations. 

"The publication of the words complained of has caused immense damage to our clients' reputation and considerable distress to friends and the family. In the circumstances our clients have been injured in their professional and private reputations and have been brought into public shame, embarrassment, ridicule, contempt and odium," the letter said. 

The letter also asked the newspaper the amount it is willing to pay the couple for the serious injury to their reputation. 

The letter was addressed to the Sunshine Publishing Company, the Editor and the writer of the article Peter Green.

The newspaper has until February 26 to reply.