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Raj moves to stop Supersad from performing
Chutney singer Kenneth Supersad can land himself in legal problems if he performs his popular hit De Raj Story at the Chutney Soca Monarch semifinals at Liv Nightclub in San Fernando on Saturday.
The attorney representing the man known as Raj, which is the subject of the song, composed from a video which went viral, has sent a letter to Supersad threatening to take him to court if does not desist from performing the song.
The video, which has gone viral, shows a woman confronting Raj, purportedly her husband, who is in a van with another woman. Raj’s attorney Wendy Ramnath-Panday claims the contents of his song which were taken from the video forms part of the evidence in Raj’s divorce proceedings pending in the High Court.
Ramdath-Panday said neither Raj’s identity nor the number of the court action was included in the letter for the protection of the parties involved.
“This is due to the fact that he has been the victim of repeated acts of harassment, abuse and derision,” stated Ramnath-Panday. She further stated, “My client is the same person who is known as “Raj” and has been the subject of a video which was posted on Facebook on 2nd November, 2017, the contents of which forms evidence in the High Court matter at caption. The content of the video contains footage of my client in a vehicle with a friend fully clothed and not engaging in any act of intimacy whatsoever.”
She said Supersad’s song was based on “the dramatic content of the respondent and her highly inflammatory language which totally misrepresented prior events as well as what was transpiring in the vehicle at the material time.”
She said it also contained several misrepresentations and misleading statements by the respondent, particularly where it was expressly stated that Raj was involved in an extra marital affair, form part of the evidence in the divorce proceedings.
“I am instructed that without ascertaining the truth or seeking permission from my client to repeat his name and use the details of the video you have authored a sound recording which seeks to satirize my client by exposing him to ridicule and has damaged his reputation cause him considerable hurt and distress and embarrassment.”
Supersad, the T&T Guardian was told, has been consulting with his attorneys and was unavailable for comment yesterday.
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