In a defamation action against Mona Gucci, an Accra High Court has awarded Yvonne Nelson GH500,000 for harmful allegations she made against the award-winning actress on Accra-based Neat Fm.
Mona, a socialite and TV host, was not present in court when the verdict was handed down.
Mona was ordered to pay GH500,000 to Yvonne and apologise for her defamatory publication about the famed actress by the court, which was presided over by Justice John Eugene Nyante Nyandu.
She has also been forbidden from making any other disrespectful remarks regarding Princess Tyra actress.
Mona mentioned a lengthy list of Ghanaian female media and social personalities in an interview with Neat Fm, a subsidiary of the Despite Media Group, in May 2020, and alluded to them with the vague moniker “slay queen.”
Mona boldly included Yvonne Nelson’s name among the slay queens she referred to in the stated interview.
“Yvonne doesn’t show off, but she is a slay because you know what it takes to be a slay queen,” she claimed. “We have both showings off and some contacts and people who we know that the things you do and the lifestyle you exhibit, someone is paying for you behind the scenes,” she alleged
Yvonne was portrayed as a deviant figure who engaged in unethical and illegal behaviors, according to the statement.
When Yvonne’s lawyer asked her to retract and apologize for her harmful statement, she refused and instead went on a social media rant spouting additional derogatory remarks.
“YVONNE NELSON SAYS SHE’S SUING ME IN COURT, SO SOMEONE TELL HER I TOLD HER TO FUCK OFF… FUCK THE FUCK OFF, YVONNE!! AND DON’T BE DISGRACED!!… ” “FUCK OFF YVONNE, SHUT THE FUCK UP I won’t FUCKIN APOLOGIZE TO USO HURRY UP AND LETS FUCKIN MEET IN COURT,” she said on social media as a response.
Yvonne then proceeded to sue her in order to resolve the situation.
Despite her bluff on social media, Mona never showed up in court for the duration of the case.
She was being evasive when she was served, according to court filings.
“On July 13, 2020, the Plaintiff/Applicant hereof issued a writ of summons and statement claim against the defendant, seeking for the reliefs set forth in the statement of claim and the endorsement on the writ of summons.” Due to the defendant’s evasiveness, it became essential to serve the procedures by substituted service. That an order for substituted service was issued on June 8, 2021. That my Lord will notice from the docket that the defendant was served on the 8th of July, 2021, by an Affidavit of Posting. The defendant has not responded to the suit, according to a search dated October 13, 2021. That, in accordance with the regulations, we respectfully request an order for Judgment in Default of Appearance from this court. “Respectfully submitted,” Yvonne’s lawyer is recorded as saying in the document.
As a result, the Court granted the request.