The law firm of Townsend, Whyte and Porter sent a release to the Jamaica Today news room revealing that Spice, whose real name is Grace Hamilton, stands ready to defend the entirety of the statements she has made regarding popular emcee Andrew ‘Nuffy’ Nelson.
The letter also stated categorically that Ms. Hamilton planned to rigorously defend her name and will countersue to seek damages for allegations made by Nuffy in the past.
“We have instructions to countersue for the multiple defamatory statements made by Mr. Nelson concerning Ms. Hamilton. Of particular
consternation to our client are the boorish and false comments he has made about being in a relationship with her, among other things that have been bandied about in social media,” the letter said.
Last week, during an Instagram Live update, Spice accused popular emcee Andrew ‘MC Nuffy’ Nelson, of pedophilia and drug trafficking. Spice’s recent comments provoked the popular emcee to threaten to sue for defamatory statements, ramping up the stakes in the ‘war of words’.
“No papers have been served on Ms. Hamilton despite these threats. In any event, the truthfulness of any comment made by her is a complete defence. We have instructions to accept service of any documents filed by Mr. Nelson. But we ask all concerned to be mindful that if Ms. Hamilton is challenged by way of a lawsuit for defamation, then she will be forced to react by putting forward the elements of proof required. In doing so it might involve third parties and lead to uncomfortable results,” the letter said.
The letter further warned that “the kind of criminal offences that are being alleged have no statute of limitations on them”.
“And with respect to one of the offences, once a report is made to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) it has to be
investigated,” the letter said.
When contacted, Mr. Nelson scoffed at what he called the “ridiculous” allegations.
“Ah God a work, send Mr. MOCA, Mr. CISOCA, I am 200 per cent innocent,” Nuffy said.
Despite the heated rhetoric, there is hope for an out-of-court reconciliation of the dispute as Ms. Hamilton’s lawyers agreed to extend the proverbial “olive branch” to Mr. Nelson.
“If he wishes to speak to us we will be more than happy to speak with him and his counsel. Of course, practitioners at the bar are mindful that once suit is filed, a matter becomes sub judice, meaning that comments thereafter are to be limited,” the letter said.
Mr. Nelson’s lawyer, Ludlow Black, doubled down on his assessment that his client’s reputation had been damaged.
“We want an apology, but compensation is something we are very interested in as well. I believe his reputation has been significantly tarnished both locally and abroad,” Mr. Black said.
He alluded to the scale of Spice’s Instagram audience which numbers in excess of one million, and said that “it is clear that Mr. Nelson’s reputation has been significantly tarnished, but we are at a point of assessing how much we would want”.
“It’s straightforward defamation of character, which doesn’t need to prove damages. He has a strong case for slander,” Black said.
Black, however, said both he and his client are open to accepting said ‘olive branch’, in order to discuss the incident and bring closure to the matter.
“We are willing to meet and discuss privately with him and his client and explore options that will bring closure to this matter and which will yield a result which both parties will feel comfortable with,” Mr. Black said.
By: Claude Mills