Outgoing Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
Lawyers for convicted dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel, today sued Commissioner Ellington and Television Jamaica, TVJ.
Attorneys for Kartel filed the suit in the Supreme Court this afternoon.
Abka Fitz-Henley has more in this report
Kartel is being represented in the defamation suit by attorney Alexander Williams.
He’s taking issue with a comment made in April by Commissioner Ellington on TVJ, in which he alleged that the incarcerated entertainer was the leader of a gang that was responsible for more than 1-hundred murders.
The four-page claim form submitted by Kartel’s attorney says Commissioner Ellington’s words taken in their natural meaning have defamed the dancehall artiste.
The lawsuit notes that Kartel is currently serving a sentence and is an artiste who enjoys international acclaim.
Kartel, is alleging that Ellington’s comments have painted him as a gang leader who has committed or caused over 1-hundred murders to be committed.
The entertainer says Ellington’s allegations have also painted him as dishonorable and tainted his reputation.
Kartel says Commissioner Ellington’s allegations are false.
He says the outgoing Police Chief acted out of malice and spite.
According to the dancehall deejay, Ellington uttered his words of defamation knowing fully well he had no evidence to prove his claim.
The action filed by Kartel says TVJ has taken no steps to separate itself from Commissioner Ellington’s allegations.
The defamation suit has asked the Court to take note that TVJ has not issued an apology to Kartel.
The entertainer says Ellington’s comments have been a source of distress and embarrassment.
Kartel is asking that Ellington and TVJ pay him damages and be also ordered by the Court to pay his legal fees.
When Commissioner Ellington made his assertion on April 11, the attorney who represented the entertainer in his murder trial, Tom Tavares-Finson, blasted the outgoing Police Chief.